Who is a good girl? Patches, that’s who. In March, Drs. Michelle Oblak of the Ontario Veterinary College and Galina Hayes of Cornell University removed a large cancerous tumour growing on the head of an America dachshund named Patches. As part of that revolutionary procedure, the medical team replaced a portion of the nine-year-old dog’s skull with a 3-D-printed custom implant produced by a Western-based medical device company.
In the coming year, Additive Design in Surgical Solutions – or ADEISS – will change the face of reconstructive surgeries for more than just the family pet, as human patients may soon see the benefits of this technology.