The Cleveland Clinic is using new 3D printing design to treat breathing disorders. Dr. Thomas Gildea spent five years researching airway stents. Before his design, stents were either straight or had to be cut and stitched together to fit each patient’s needs. He said they often caused even more problems for patients.
“Over time the stents become the problem often worse than the disease,” Gildea said.
He said one patient required frequent adjustments to prevent serious problems with inflammation.