World first: Doctor cures patient’s deafness with pioneering transplant


A South African doctor has made headlines
around the world after he cured a man’s deafness using 3D technology. He and his team successfully performed a transplant
of a patient’s middle ear and now hopes to help many more people who suffer from a
loss of hearing. GautengGov
Twitted. Earlier today Gauteng Health MEC Dr Gwen Ramokgopa
visited Steve Biko Academic Hospital, to wish the team luck on conducting the world’s
first surgical procedure using 3D-printed middle ear bones. This surgery may be the answer to conductive
hearing loss & middle ear problems. The pioneering surgical procedure used 3D-printed
middle ear bones, developed by Professor MashuduTshifularo and his team at the University of Pretoria
Faculty of Health, according to a press release by the South African Government. Using 3D technology, the pioneering surgeon
was able to recreate the bones and then performed the transplant. This may be the answer to conductive hearing
loss, a middle ear problem caused by congenital birth defects, infection, trauma or metabolic
diseases. ‘Hearing back immediately’
Acording to the press release this surgery can even be performed on newborns. The first patient to receive the transplant
was a 35-year-old man who suffered hearing loss as a result of a car accident that damaged
his inner ear. Surgery took an hour and a half. Professor Tshifularo said: “The patients
will get their hearing back immediately but since they will be wrapped in bandages, only
after two weeks, when they are removed, will they be able to tell a difference.” News24
Twitted. Steve Biko Hospital conducts world’s first
ever middle ear transplant | The professor is proud of his and his team’s
amazing achievement. “It also means that we have done something
new in the world and people will remember us for that,” he said. Professor Tshifularo is the first black ENT
specialist in South Africa and is considered one of the best in his field in the country,
according to the university’s website. Affordable technology
He added, “3D technology is allowing us to do things we never thought we could.” He would like to make this technology affordable
and is looking for sponsors to bring this to the medical community. Gauteng Health twitted. At Steve Biko Academic Hospital in conversation
with Professor MashuduTshifularo who, together with his team, developed a pioneering surgical
procedure using 3D-printed middle ear bones at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of
Health #WeCare#GautengATWork This is such a major breakthrough and will bring hope to so many people who are forced
to live in a silent world. Please share to let others know about this
amazing surgery and to pay tribute to this exceptional doctor.

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