Regenerative Medicine Utrecht


No wheelchair thanks to 3D printing

Picture: Guus Dubbelman / de Volkskrant


In the last two years, a 16 years old boy and a 68 years old woman came to the UMC Utrecht emergency room with spinal instability. Unfortunately, current treatment options were not suitable to help these patients, which would have resulted in a life in a wheelchair. However, an expert team of doctors, surgeons, engineers and researchers worked on a new 3D printing technique to produce custom-made spinal implants. In the end, both patients left the hospital on their own feet. This amazing achievement of Koen Willemsen and colleagues is now published in the Lancet (click here) and has attracted a lot of media attention.


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A comment (ENG) (NL) (the female patient’s story, NL) (the boy’s story, NL)

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