3D printing in pediatric surgery

Anthony Y. Tsai, Alicia C. Greene

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Abstract

Pediatric surgery presents a unique challenge, requiring a specialized approach due to the intricacies of compact anatomy and the presence of distinct congenital features in young patients. Surgeons are tasked with making decisions that not only address immediate concerns but also consider the evolving needs of children as they grow. The advent of three-dimensional (3D) printing has emerged as a valuable tool to facilitate a personalized medical approach. This paper starts by outlining the basics of 3D modeling and printing. We then delve into the transformative role of 3D printing in pediatric surgery, elucidating its applications, benefits, and challenges. The paper concludes by envisioning the future prospects of 3D printing, foreseeing advancements in personalized treatment approaches, improved patient outcomes, and the continued evolution of this technology as an indispensable asset in the pediatric surgical arena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number151385
JournalSeminars in pediatric surgery
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery

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