Dubai: The scientific technology is the branch of physiology has gone so advanced that now 3D-printed organs are being frequently used in developed countries.
Recently, doctors in Dubai have removed a tumour from a patient’s kidney with the help of a cutting-edge aid — a custom 3D-printed organ to help plan the complex surgery.
While 3D printing technology has been used alongside medical operations for several years, the procedure is the first of its kind in the Middle East.
The patient, a 42-year-old Palestinian woman who is a resident in the UAE, had at first complained of abdominal pain. A test at a hospital detected a tumour in one of her kidneys.
With the results in hand, she visited Dubai Hospital, one of four medical centres operated by the Dubai Health Authority.
There, doctors were faced with a tough choice.
“We had two options,” Dr Yasser Saeedi, a consultant urologist at Dubai Hospital, told a press conference on Monday.
“One option was to take out the entire kidney. The other option was to save the kidney.”
Saving the kidney was the hard option. While only four centimetres long, the tumour was located deep inside the kidney, nestled next to the renal artery, making it very difficult to operate.
After a CT scan and ultrasounds, Dr Saeedi decided on a rare approach — to have a transparent 3D mockup of the kidney made.
Medical professional believe that 3D technology allows doctors to better plan their surgery and perform far less invasive procedures.
The model of the patient’s kidney clearly showed the lesion, which had been rendered in blue plastic.
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