Doctor uses 3-D printing to help rebuild parts of 2-year-old’s face

Doctor uses 3-D printing to help rebuild parts of 2-year-old’s face

Twins Violet and Cora Pietrok of Stayton are very much like other 2-year-olds: unpredictable, curious, laughing and full of energy.

There’s a slight difference with Violet, however. She was born with a rare craniofacial defect and is in the process of undergoing various complicated procedures to correct her skull structure. It has taken many hours of both research and surgery to get her to where she is today….

Using a series of photos, CAT scans and other imagery, Drs. John Meara, Frank J. Rybicki, and Peter Weinstock created a 3D model with which to innovatively map out a surgical strategy.

“This isn’t like free throw practice,” Meara said. “You can’t just go out and try and if you miss, try again.

“3D printing is a way to let you see where you’re going. For example, we wanted to move the eyes closer together and we can see where there might be problems. This way, we can just do it again in practice rather than having it have to be right the first time.”

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