A 3D Printed Guide Plate Simplifies Trigeminal Neuralgia Surgery

Dr. Gong, at the Third Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, is an expert in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. He typically performs percutaneous micro balloon compression, a procedure in which nerve fibers are damaged to block the pain. Despite the minimally invasive nature of this operation, it is very challenging to accomplish.

Inspired by other 3D printing surgical applications, Dr. Gong set out to develop patient–specific guide plates to navigate the route to the oval foramen. To assist him, Dr. Gong consulted Klein Wang, application engineer at Stratasys who specializes in medical solutions.

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3D printed guide plated to be used in the operation

“It is simply amazing how this new technology is helping with medical solutions.”

Dr. Gong Third Affiliated Hospital Sun Yat-Sen University