3D Printing Is Being Used to Make Prosthetic Bones for Cancer Patients

3dp_boneimplant_samples-e1458987191958Three patients from Italy’s National Institute of Rome Tumori Regina Elena have just received 3D printed titanium implants. All three have been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a kind of cancer that causes the disintegration of their bones, requiring them to be removed and replaced with prosthetic implants.

This is the first hospital in Italy to make use of customized titanium implants that effectively allow physicians to repair or replace damaged bones. To produce the implants, the team used an Arcam electron beam melting (EBM) process.

The success of the procedure is now allowing the hospital to explore how they can further expand the use of 3D printed prosthetics, with three more patients already lined up to receive the procedure.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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