In Pioneering Procedure Israeli Doctors Implant Injured Syrian Man With Titanium Jaw

A 23 yr-old Syrian gunshot victim, with a completely destroyed lower jaw, is sent to Israeli hospital where pioneering jaw implant allows him to once again talk & eat.



A 23-year-old Syrian citizen has undergone a pioneering jaw implant made from titanium – one of the most precious metals on Earth – after suffering a bullet wound in his country’s civil war that completely destroyed his lower jaw.

Doctors at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center treat a Syrian patient. – Photo: RAMBAM HOSPITAL SPOKESMAN

Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center announced the successful operation using the customized artificial jawbone created on a 3D printer. The Israeli dental implant company that manufactures the implants – Ashdod-based AB Dental – provided the Syrian man with the metal “bone” at no charge, while the Health and Defense Ministries and Rambam covered the cost of the procedure.

The surgery “returned his human quality,” the hospital said. The man had reached Rambam in critical condition after the rifle bullet rendered him unable to speak or eat. One day after surgery, the patient was eating and speaking.

Prof. Adi Rachmiel, director of Rambam’s department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, performed the pioneering operation with Dr Yoav Leiser, who recently returned from training in Germany. There Leiser specialized in restoring eye sockets, jaws and cheek bones.

“We succeeded in returning his human quality,” Dr. Yoav Leiser said of the patient, whose face had been torn, jaw smashed, and bottom teeth blown out.

In the procedure, called a Patient Specific Implant (PSI), doctors created a jaw perfectly suited to the patient. While such procedures previously demanded the connection of many plates, PSI requires only one individualized plate, serving as a custom-made “replacement part.” Further, all planning is done before and not during surgery, saving time and yielding superior results. To compensate for the fact that the patient had no medical records, doctors relied on statistical models.

After the surgical success, three Israeli patients – apparently oral cancer survivors who need new jaws – are scheduled to undergo similar innovative treatments, thus local patients will benefit from the doctors’ experience.


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One comment

  1. Michael S says:

    For the record, titanium is not an especially precious metal. Titanium is often used for medical procedures, because it doesn’t react with tissues as much as most other metals.

    Even though it’s not one of the earth’s “most precious metals”, ultra-pure titanium is expensive; and the medical team and backup personnel required to implant a jaw made of it are tremendously costly. That wounded Syrian got a good deal, paid for by the Israeli taxpayers. It would be nice, if the Arabs returned the favor with at least some gratitude, or that the UN would pass a resolution of APPROVAL of Israel instead of their reflexive tendency to condemn her (This is the only thing the nations of the world are able to agree on).

    Good work, Israeli doctors.

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