Newcastle United football fan Tommy Innes has recently undergone reconstructive cranio-maxillofacial (CMF) surgery to remove a tumor from his lower jaw. The 10-hour long procedure took place at The Newcastle Royal Victory Infirmary (RVI), where Tommy works as an NHS electrician. Materialise worked with the surgical team involved in the complex CMF procedure, which involved replacing part of Tommy’s lower jaw with bone taken from his fibula. Tommy's case was included in an episode of the BBC's The One Show.
Thanks to 3D planning and 3D-printed guides, a healthy blood supply to the lower jaw, facial symmetry and a good bite were achieved for Tommy. These are nothing short of excellent results and although Tommy's voice and the way he speaks may be a little different in the short term, his face remains a familiar face.
Materialise has once again contributed to making the world a better and healthier place, one patient at a time. Do you want to know more about how advanced visualization can greatly improve surgical planning and results? Contact us! We'd love to chat with you about it.