December 5th, according to the European Union News Agency, Jesus Children's Hospital in Rome, Italy, recently performed a bronchial softening and severe atrophy of a bronchial wall for a 5-year-old child patient. Helps the patient resume normal breathing. Experts said that the first 3D printed bronchial implant surgery in Italy and Europe.
According to reports, the 3D printed bronchial tubes implanted for patients were designed by Jesus Children's Hospital in Rome and commissioned by the Prosilas 3D Printing Center in Italy to print. The project uses the most advanced imaging and bioengineering technologies.
Experts said that before the 3D printed bronchus was implanted, doctors performed a low-temperature sterilization treatment on the 3D printed bronchial tubes to avoid changing its structure and characteristics. At the same time, the hospital also cooperated with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia to conduct a mechanical resistance test on 3D printed bronchial tubes. The medical team and experts spent a total of six months in preparation from design to operation.
The Jesus Children's Hospital in Rome said that the 3D printed bronchial implantation took 8 hours. Because the bronchus of the young patient is compressed between the left pulmonary artery and the aorta, the operation becomes very difficult. Long-term bronchial compression narrows the patient's airway and causes breathing difficulties. Before surgery, patients can only breathe with the help of medical equipment.