So Cool! South Korean Boy Gets 3D Printed Heel Bone


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An illustration of the printed heel bone being inserted to a model footI just heard an amazing story from the doctors in South Korea that I just had to share with all of you. A young man arrived at the South Korean National Cancer Center, having lost much of his foot when a cancerous tumor had to be surgically removed.

Fearing amputation, the man turned to the doctors at the National Cancer Center and Dr. Kang Hyun-Guy: building him a new heel bone on a 3D printer. Once successfully printed, the new bone was attached; this procedure marks only the second instance of a successful printed heel-bone transplant.

The new possibilities presented by 3D printing never cease to amaze me! In my own office, I strive to bring the latest available technology to my Houston podiatry practice. From MicroVas therapy for peripheral neuropathy to the Keryflex nail restoration system for fungal toenails, I seek the most-up-todate (and least invasive) treatment options to cure my patients’ ailments.

If you’ve been bugged by concerns about your toe, foot or ankle health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today for a comprehensive examination.
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.