After losing her natural nose to cancer, specialists in France grew the woman a new 3D-printed nose on her forearm.
According to a statement sent to Newsflash on November 8 by the Toulouse University Hospital in southern France, the patient’s nose was “fully restored using a synthetic graft previously inserted in her forearm.”
The procedure was performed at the Toulouse-Oncopole University Cancer Institute by teams from the Claudius Regaud Institute, Toulouse University Hospital’s ear, nose, and throat department, and cosmetic surgery.
According to the hospital, the procedure was “unprecedented” and “adapted” based on cutting-edge technology.
“The patient had received radiation and chemotherapy in 2013 for squamous cell carcinoma of the nasal cavity,” they said. She lost a significant portion of her nose as well as the front of her palate as a result of this procedure.
She struggled with a wearable face prosthetic and an unsuccessful attempt at reconstructing her nose using skin flaps for more than four years while living without a nose.
She was then given the option of a custom-made biomaterial nasal reconstruction following a two-stage surgical operation carried out by Pr Agnes Dupret-Bories and Dr. Benjamin Vairel.
Biomaterials, according to the hospital, are substances that may be utilized “for medical purposes to replace a component or a function of an organ or tissue.” They can be synthetic or live.
The medical teams’ cooperation with Cerhum, a Belgian maker of medical equipment that specializes in bone restoration, allowed them to accomplish a sort of repair that had never been done previously on such a delicate and poorly vascularized location.
“This new approach also made it feasible to get beyond some restrictions that older techniques had to offer.”
The hospital has declared that the transplant was a success after they employed biomaterial to repair the patient’s nose using 3D printing technology.
They claimed that after placing the biomaterial in the patient’s forearm and fostering it for two months, they retrieved it and placed it in the patient’s nasal cavity in September 2022.
They claimed that by undergoing microsurgery, they were able to join the blood vessels and effectively re-vascularize the patient’s nasal cavity.
The unnamed patient is “doing extremely well,” according to the hospital, after spending 10 days in the hospital and taking antibiotics for three weeks.