ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Reconstruction of large chest wall defects using three-dimensional custom-made implant technology
Hakan Işık1, Merve Şengül İnan1, Kuthan Kavaklı1, Sedat Gürkök1
1Department of Thoracic Surgey, University of Health Sciences, Gülhane Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2021.19385
It is a challenging issue for thoracic surgeons to repair and reconstruct large defects after chest wall resection without disturbing pulmonary functions. Currently, it is possible to produce nearly the same prosthesis anatomically as the original with the three-dimensional printer technology. Titanium-alloy prostheses produced with the three-dimensional prototyping technology by selective laser sintering technique meet the sensitive needs of reconstruction without impairing the functionality of the tissue. This custom-made titanium prostheses can be used for this purpose safely and effectively as a good alternative.
Keywords : Chest wall reconstruction, custom-made prosthesis, threedimensional printer, titanium prosthesis
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