3D printers can increasingly be found in hospitals all over the world, and are especially used by build surgical models to prepare for very unusual and highly complex surgeries. Back in April, the life of a five-day-old Russian baby was saved thanks to a 3D printed heart model used during a dangerous surgery to fix a congenital heart defect. But we could be heading towards a future where all surgeries are prepared with the help of 3D printed models. North London-based private surgeon Boyd Goldie has already adopted 3D printing for both emergency surgeries and for more regular procedures, as he sees significant cost saving, surgical preparation, and patient education opportunities.
An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Goldie works in The Holly Private Hospital in London, and treats patients suffering from a wide range of upper limb complications – meaning problems affecting the shoulder, the arm, the wrist and hand. Among others, he treats broken wrists, frozen shoulders, torn rotator cuffs, tennis and golfer’s elbow and a variety of nerve compressions.