Cartilage 3D-Printing Technology

Dr. Arturo Bonilla has exclusively been using the natural cartilage technique for over 25 years. As a leader in advanced surgical techniques in pediatric microtia surgery, Dr. Bonilla has always been at the forefront of newer technologies. This technology is finally closer than ever!

Dr. Bonilla is collaborating with a leading tissue engineering company to develop 3D-printing of the patient’s own cartilage cells in the lab. If this technology is successful, it may revolutionize microtia cartilage surgery by possibly replacing the need for rib cartilage as well as possibly replacing the need for ears made of  foreign hard plastic materials for ear reconstruction.

This is a rendering to demonstrate the general concept

Because this is still in the clinical trial phase, what possibilities may cartilage 3D-printing offer if successful?

  • Possibly replace the most common technique used in the world: rib cartilage for microtia reconstruction
  • Possibly replace the use of foreign body material such as the polyethylene implant
  • Decrease overall surgical time
  • Decrease postoperative pain

Although we are not recruiting patients, more details on the clinical trial are found  here.

​Dr. Arturo Bonilla smiling in a lab coat

Microtia - Congenital Ear Institute ​Dr. Arturo Bonilla

Microtia - Congenital Ear Institute, led by Dr. Bonilla, is the largest exclusive pediatric microtia center in North America. Dr. Bonilla has been recognized as the leading pediatric microtia surgeon, performing thousands of surgeries for children all over the world. His affiliations include: American Medical Association | American Academy of Otolaryngology

You can contact our office online or by calling (210) 477-3277.

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