Doctors implant 3D ears made from living cells:
WASHINGTON – A US medical team announced Thursday that they had successfully reconstructed an ear of a patient using tissue from the patient to create a 3D bioimplant. This is a groundbreaking procedure they hope will be able to use to treat rare birth defects.
This surgery was part of an early-stage clinical study to assess the safety and effectiveness of the implant for microtia patients. Microzide is characterized by a small and malformed outer ear.
AuriNovo, the name of the implant, was created by 3DBio Therapeutics. Arturo Bonilla was the founder and director at the Microtia Congenital Ear Deformity Institute, San Antonio, Texas.
Bonilla stated in a statement that she was inspired by the potential impact of this technology on microtia patients.”I’ve treated thousands of children with microtia from across the country and around the world,” Bonilla said.
He expressed his hope that the implant would replace the current treatment of microtia. This involves either grafting cartilage to a patient’s back or using synthetic materials such as porous polyethylene (PPE) to reconstruct the outer ears.