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3D Printing as a Significant Achievement for Application in Posttraumatic Surgeries - A Literature Review


Michał Smoczok*, Krzysztof Starszak and Weronika Starszak   Pages 1 - 6 ( 6 )


Background: 3D printing is increasingly used in many fields of medicine. The broadening of knowledge in this field and the cooperation of doctors and engineers increases the interest in this technology and results in attempts to implement it at every stage of the treatment.

Objective: The review aims to summarize the current literature on the use of 3D printing technology in the treatment of post trauma patients.

Method: A review of available scientific publications in PubMed regarding 3D printing and its application in the context of posttraumatic procedures was carried out. Clinical Trials and Reviews from the period 2014-2019 (6-year period) were taken into consideration. The database was searched for "Printing", "ThreeDimensional" [MAJR] [MeSH Term]. Finally, 48 studies have been included in our review article.

Results: 3D printing technology has a number of applications in patients who have suffered injuries. 3D printing has found application in preparation for procedures, accurate visualization of occurring injuries and complications, education of doctors and patients, prototyping, creation of synthetic scaffolding, production and implementation of target implants and rehabilitation.

Conclusion: 3D printing is increasingly used in providing for the posttraumatic patients. It is necessary to conduct further research in this area and to provide development opportunities in regarding biopolymers and bioprinting. It is also necessary to improve cooperation between doctors and engineers and to create new centres that can comprehensively use 3D printing - from imaging diagnostics to the production of implants and their surgical use.


Three-dimensional, three-dimensional printing surgery, posttraumatic; prosthesis, implants, 3DP, custommade, printing in medicine, 3D in traumatology


Department of Biophysics, School of Medicine with the Division of Dentistry in Zabrze, Department of Orthopaedics, School of Medicine with the Division of Dentistry in Zabrze, Students’ Scientific Society, Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine in Katowice

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