The benefits of 3D Printing with respect to the world of Medicine are many and its advances are many. However, we always hear advances and projects that augur a promising future but not a Present.
In this case, we are going to tell you about something that is already happening in certain hospitals in Spain. In this case, 3D printing is allowing several patients to undergo surgery thanks to to the creation of custom instruments that allow 3D printing.
In this regard, the first Spanish hospital that is using this 3D printed instrument is the University Hospital of Malaga. This hospital was introduced by Dr. Ignacio Díaz de Tuesta, who currently works at the Hospital de la Paz in Madrid, who is also using it.
Hospitals in Spain are incorporating personalized instruments thanks to 3D printing
The new surgical instruments it is used in cases where the usual instruments are not suitable for the patient and thanks to 3D printing, the necessary modifications are made to improve the instruments. This advancement has allowed certain operations involving the heart to be successful. The instruments created can be easily sterilized and we could even say that it can be reused for 3D printing of other instruments or parts.
Although it is true that Spain is not a Third World country, the area to which these medical tools are intended, this use has allowed and allows to improve Medicine and surgical operations, making certain surgical operations cheaper or possible. Something that in a country in crisis like Spain is to be appreciated.
Regrettably 3D printed implants not yet used, something that will surely arrive or at least will be successfully tested in Spain. However, it seems that 3D printing technology is not advancing as fast as many of us wished.