Michelle Oblak, a veterinary surgical oncologist at Guelph says she thinks this may be the first surgery of it's kind. Veterinarians used 3-D printing to recreate Patches' skull where the tumor was removed.
Our hope is this is something that could be more widely available on a broad scale. It went very well.
Danielle Dymeck, the dogs owner says:
We called her our little unicorn because she had this bump on her head, but it would have killed her. It's pretty amazing what they did for my girl.
Ontario researchers use 3D-printing technology to replace part of dog’s skull https://t.co/VSVaqFB6qi https://t.co/9R6yx3aaCm— Hamilton Spectator (@Hamilton Spectator)1537786277.0
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Patches was looking good after surgery.
Guelph vets use 3D-printing technology to replace majority of dog's skull https://t.co/izhrMvU8SR https://t.co/YV5gFUhR4G— National Post (@National Post)1537735007.0
People on social media are simply saying, "Yay science!"
@TheSpec It's amazing to witness these technological feats happen more and more frequently https://t.co/XjHCSnruCX— Jamie (@Jamie)1537837225.0
@TheSpec Wow. Astonishing. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻— Child of Alba 🏴 (@Child of Alba 🏴)1537882282.0
@TheSpec Wow....amazing! 😃— Brenda Moon (@Brenda Moon)1537847258.0
@TheSpec Poor doggy! Glad he is better😁👍— Gr8 (@Gr8)1537823729.0
Lots of folks gave prayers.
@nationalpost Thank you god— pookiepants (@pookiepants)1537735308.0
@nationalpost @phil500 Love and prayers to you my dear!!!— Alfred Neil Bonnabel (@Alfred Neil Bonnabel)1537886736.0
@nationalpost 🙏🙏 for Patches' full recovery— American at birth, Patriot by Choice (@American at birth, Patriot by Choice)1537843804.0
@nationalpost Poor thing needs to heal now.— Janet (@Janet)1537822319.0
@arin_twit Heal well little pup!— The6ix (@The6ix)1537824027.0
Unfortunately, there was this little side note.
@arin_twit Wow, dogs in Ontario with cancer get treated better than humans (without insurance) in USA with cancer... #sadTruth— Alpha Boss (@Alpha Boss)1537840536.0
And after Patches recovered from the surgery, she had another accident!
@arin_twit "Patches is now cancer-free. In a separate incident a week after the surgery, however, Patches suffered… https://t.co/DEwTZKmlLg— Yathavan Paramesh (@Yathavan Paramesh)1537874250.0
We really do wish Patches all the best with her health related issues.