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Nanavati Max Super Speciality Hospital opens new 3D printing lab

Featuring two 3D printers capable of producing bone models and surgical cutting guides

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Nanavati Max Super Speciality Hospital in Mumbai, India, has launched a medical 3D printing laboratory to facilitate high-precision surgeries, according to Pharmabiz The facility is closely integrated with oncology to enable state-of-the-art surgeries that need to be performed carefully and accurately in oncologic, reconstructive orthopedic, and specialized dentistry surgeries.

The 3D printing laboratory features two 3D printers capable of producing bone models for a better understanding of intricate anatomy or pathology. Additionally, it generates surgical cutting guides to aid in the precise planning and execution of bone cancer surgeries. The project is led by Dr Manish Agarwal, Director of Surgical Oncology at Nanavati Max Institute of Cancer Care.

“Our in-house lab, equipped with the latest tools and an expert bioengineering team, enables the rapid production of bone models and cutting guides. Previously, outsourcing these services could take up to two weeks, but now, we can have these essential tools ready for our surgical team within 24 to 48 hours. In cancer treatment, where each day counts, such a rapid turnaround offers a dual benefit: it’s not only faster but also more cost-effective for our patients. Additionally, the use of open-source software and in-house resources makes this advanced technology highly affordable, further enhancing patient accessibility and care” said Dr. Agarwal. “Utilizing custom-made jigs, detailed bone models, and advanced navigational tools, our surgical planning is elevated to a level that significantly improves patient outcomes. These innovations not only aid in precise surgical interventions but also play a critical role in enhancing the overall quality of life for our patients.”

The virtual design of a 3D bone model is made using CT scans. These models are then utilized by 3D printers to produce the models and surgical cutting guides with unparalleled accuracy. While the bone models are used in surgical planning, the cutting guides fit perfectly on the patient’s bone, guiding surgeons to make precise excisions. The technology significantly enhances the accurate delineation of tumor-affected areas to preserve healthy bone tissue and achieve optimal functional outcomes without compromising on treatment outcomes.

“It is our constant endeavor at Nanavati Max to be ahead of the curve in providing the best technology for the internally comparable clinical outcomes. The introduction of the 3D printing facility within our hospital is a testimony of our commitment to offer accessible and affordable technology for precision surgery,” said Mangla Dembi, Senior Vice President and Head of Nanavati Max Super Speciality Hospital.

This integration of technology with clinical excellence extends beyond orthopedic or head and neck cancer, to general orthopedic, maxillofacial, and plastic surgeries.

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