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>> It's an outstanding health innovation to help rebuild this Australian woman's smile. She's a cancer survivor and the first in the country to have a 3D printed jaw surgically implanted. Anelia Myburgh lost most of her original jaw when doctors removed a cancer growing in her upper jawbone. The surgery was a success, and the cancer was removed but the procedure left her face disfigured.
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It left her feeling self conscious and uncomfortable in social situations. But now, thanks to this marvel of medical innovation, she hopes to be able to return to a normal life once again.>> I just ant to be able to actually walk down the street, and not have people stare, that's my ultimate goal.
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>> The surgery takes more than five hours. The customized 3D printed jaw is inserted by surgeons. The new jaw has a titanium frame that cay carry bone grafts, and then allow teeth to be implanted. One of the surgeons involved in the complex procedure said the 3D printed jaw will let the normal shape of Myburgh's face return.
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>> The fact that we can 3D print a frame where we can actually anchor some teeth for her would give her back a quality of life.>> After inserting the printed jaw, surgeons will then perform a skin graft from the patient's arm. And the result, a pleasant surprise.
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>> Wow. Okay, the curve are amazing. You can't believe the difference, it actually looks normal.>> A remarkable medical innovation that for this patient means the simple act of walking down the street can once again be an entirely unremarkable experience.