WATCH | University of Pretoria performs the first middle-ear transplant in the world



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Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team from TUKS have developed and pioneered a surgical procedure using 3D-printed bones for conductive hearing loss rehabilitation.

The procedure -which was the first ever middle-ear transplant using 3D printed bones- was successfully completed this morning in Pretoria at Steve Biko Academic Hospital. Prof Tshifularo and his team performed the two-hour transplant surgery on 40-year-old Thabo Moshiliwa who damaged his middle ear bone in an injury.

“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.” – Professor Mashudu Tshifularo

Watch the world-first surgical procedure in the incredible clip below and read more local news right here.

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