In December 2015 Dr. Ralp Mobbs an Australian neurosurgeon conducted a surgery first of its kind! A removal of a chordoma (tumour) situated in C1-C2 and replacing them with a 3D print replica. Dr. Mobbs said “”It involves exposure at the top of the neck, where the neck and the head meet, and it’s essentially [detaching] the patient’s head from his neck and taking the tumour out and reattaching his head back to his neck”.
First bones of the spine
The top bones of the spine are called C1 and C2, atlas and axis respectively. They form the connection of the skull to the rest of the neck.
The spinal column encases the spinal cord, in which the brain propagates messages to nearly all parts of the body. Any interruption to this region can cause deleterious effects including loss of arm and leg function and in some cases eating or breathing difficulties to list a few.
This surgery shows promising advances of technology in conjunction with health. To read more about the construction of 3D-print body parts and its successful implementation click here>