Pretoria - Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team from the University of Pretoria have developed a pioneering surgical procedure using 3D-printed middle ear bones, for conductive hearing loss rehabilitation.
This morning, the team successfully performed close to two-hour transplant surgery on their first patient, Thabo Moshiliwa, 40, who damaged his middle ear bone in an injury.
The surgery was done at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.
Addressing the media subsequent to the surgery Tshifularo said: “I’ve just done a middle ear transplant - the first in the world, pioneering restoring middle ear bones when you have conductive hearing loss.
"The operation went fantastically well and we are very excited.”