Rambam Medical Center in Haifa has announced the successful implantation of a 3D-printed titanium jaw in a 23-year-old Syrian man after a bullet from his country’s civil war had left his completely destroyed. Ashdod-based AB Dental provided the metal “bone” at no charge, while the Health and Defense ministries and Rambam covered the cost of the procedure.
According to a government press release, the man had reached Rambam in critical condition, after the rifle bullet rendered him unable to speak or eat. Just one day after surgery, the patient had regained both capabilities.
Prof. Adi Rachmiel, Director of Rambam’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, performed the pioneering technique with Dr. Yoav Leiser, who recently returned from training in Germany where he specialized in restoring eye sockets, jaws and cheek bones.
In the procedure, called a Patient Specific Implant, doctors created a jaw perfectly suited to the patient. Since the patient had arrived with no medical records, there was nothing on which to base the structure of the new jaw, so doctors relied on statistical models.
“We succeeded in returning his human quality,” Leiser said of the patient, adding that the patient’s face was torn, his jaw smashed and his bottom teeth blown out.
Following the success of the surgery, three Israeli oral cancer patients have been scheduled to undergo similar treatments.