3D Bioprinting for Reconstructive Surgery

3D Bioprinting for Reconstructive Surgery

Techniques and Applications

1st Edition - November 2, 2017

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  • Editors: Daniel J. Thomas, Zita Jessop, Iain Whitaker
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081012161
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081011034

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3D Bioprinting for Reconstructive Surgery: Techniques and Applications examines the combined use of materials, procedures and tools necessary for creating structural tissue constructs for reconstructive purposes. Offering a broad analysis of the field, the first set of chapters review the range of biomaterials which can be used to create 3D-printed tissue constructs. Part Two looks at the techniques needed to prepare biomaterials and biological materials for 3D printing, while the final set of chapters examines application-specific examples of tissues formed from 3D printed biomaterials. 3D printing of biomaterials for tissue engineering applications is becoming increasingly popular due to its ability to offer unique, patient-specific parts—on demand—at a relatively low cost. This book is a valuable resource for biomaterials scientists, biomedical engineers, practitioners and students wishing to broaden their knowledge in the allied field.

Key Features

  • Discusses new possibilities in tissue engineering with 3D printing
  • Presents a comprehensive coverage of the materials, techniques and tools needed for producing bioprinted tissues
  • Reviews emerging technologies in addition to commercial techniques


Biomaterials scientists in institutions and industry, biomedical engineers, post grads in allied fields, lab technicians

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to 3D Tissue Engineering, biomaterials, techniques and applications

    Part 1: Biomaterials and bio-inks for structural regenerative medicine and 3-D reconstructive tissue engineering
    2. Biopolymers
    3. Hydrogels
    4. Ceramics
    5. Biocomposites
    6. Metals
    7. Biomaterial Preparation Directory

    Part 2: Techniques for structural regenerative medicine and 3-D constructive tissue engineering
    8. Stem Cell Preparation Techniques
    9. Practical Laboratory Methods for 3-D Tissue Engineering
    10. Bio-microfluidic Devices
    11. 3-D Biofabrication Approaches
    12. Bioink Preparation
    13. Biorepair Technologies
    14. Bioreactor Processes
    15. 3-D Computational Design of Biostructures

    Part 3: Applications of structural regenerative medicine and 3-D constructive tissue engineering
    16. 3-D of Bone and Orthopaedic Structures
    17. Biofabrication of Nerve Systems
    18. 3-D bioprinting of Cartilage
    19. 3-D Dermal and Skin System Engineering
    20. Fabrication Methods for Muscle and Tendons
    21. Arteries and Vessel Fabrication
    22. Conclusions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 450
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2017
  • Published: November 2, 2017
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081012161
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081011034

About the Editors

Daniel J. Thomas

Dr. Daniel J. Thomas (BEng (Hons) MSc EngD CSci CEng CEnv FBCS) is an Engineer and Writer who comes from a research background in computational design, biomaterials, 3D Printing, electronics and surgery disciplines. He has Authored two previous medical books and has published 70 journal publications. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=OE_l9JoAAAAJ&hl=en

Affiliations and Expertise

3Dynamic Systems – Llynfi Enterprise Centre, Heol Ty Gwyn, Wales, UK Consultant Engineer NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, United States

Zita Jessop

Ms. Zita M. Jessop MB BChir, MA Cantab, MRCS is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in the Reconstructive Surgery & Regenerative Medicine Research Group in Swansea University and Registrar at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery. Ms. Jessop graduated from Cambridge University Medical School and completed her basic surgical training in London Deanery before taking up her clinical academic post in Wales. Her doctorate research, focusing on 3D bioprinting for cartilage tissue engineering, was supported by the Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellowship and the Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowship. Ms. Jessop is a member of the editorial boards of Bioprinting and 3D Printing in Medicine, the welsh representative on the Reconstructive Surgical Trials Network, has delivered over 60 national and international presentations and published over 30 articles and book chapters to date. Ms. Jessop was awarded a number of prizes from the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of England and completed international fellowships in Utrecht (Norman Capener Travelling Fellowship) and Melbourne (Ethicon Travelling Fellowship). More recently, Ms. Jessop achieved a Fulbright Scholarship which she intends to spend at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Medical School, to expand her field of expertise in biofabrication.

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Lecturer, Swansea University Medical School, Swansea, UK

Iain Whitaker

Professor Iain Whitaker MA Cantab PhD FRCS Eng (Plast) is the Chair of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Wales, Director of the Reconstructive Surgery & Regenerative Medicine Research Group (www.reconregen.com) and Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon. After studying medicine at Cambridge University he completed specialised plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery training including time in England, Wales, USA and Sweden, with fellowships in France (Young Plastic Surgeon Scholar) and Australia (Rowan Nick's Scholar). His current major research focus is on mesenchymal tissue engineering and novel platform technologies such as 3D Bioprinting to allow customised biofabrication. His team includes several clinical lecturers and post doctoral researchers working in close association with multidisciplinary specialists in the fields of Engineering, Biomaterials, Cell Biology and Large Industrial Supporters in both the UK and USA. Iain is the Chief or Principle Investigator on grants of >£3 million pounds in salary and consumable costs from a variety of sources including the Welsh Assembly Government, the Medical Research Council, the Royal College of Surgeons, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons and Charitable Bodies. Iain has published approaching 200 papers (H index 31, i10 62), several book chapters and books and has won multiple National & International Fellowships, awards and prizes throughout his career. He is currently a Deputy Editor for The Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS) and sits on the Research Council of BAPRAS.

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Chair in Burns and Plastic Surgery, Swansea University Medical School, Swansea, UK

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  • Ashia J. Sat Jul 25 2020

    A lovely book, very informative

    I love this bioprinting book, it is amazing. The chapters are so well written and it will come in handy from my ongoing doctorate studies in 3D Tissue engineering and bioprinting. Highly recommended.

  • Emma J. Wed Feb 12 2020

    A great help to me thesis

    This book has become invaluable to my final year thesis work, the chapters are very informative and I have been able to develop core expertise into 3D bioprinting.

  • Lee J. Sun Dec 08 2019

    Great book

    Very good read, I would recommend this book. If has come in handy for my final year dissertation and it is great the library has it in stock. 10 out of 10.

  • Anil K. Fri Nov 01 2019

    Wow nice read highly recommended

    I have read this book from cover-to-cover and it is a very in-depth book on 3d bio-printing. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about the elements of 3D Bioprinting in medicine and healthcare 10/10.

  • Del E. Sun Apr 21 2019

    Highly recommended read

    I read a copy of this book having borrowed it from the local library. Excellent little handbook which is packed full of information. Highly recommended and a great source of information to read through. Bioprinting is definitely the way forward for tissue engineering.

  • David T. Tue Apr 16 2019

    Outstanding Read highly recommended

    This is a great book, highly impressed and it is written by so many great Authors.

  • Tim G. Tue Mar 26 2019

    Great reference book highly recommended read

    This book is a really great little hand book all about 3D Bio-printing and 3D tissue engineering. I would highly recommend buying a copy if you are currently studying bio-printing or a researcher in this area.

  • Prof S. Mon Feb 18 2019

    A good read, we are now bringing this text into the curriculum

    As a surgical teacher for the past six-years, area such as bioprinting are exciting and pioneering. We are glad to include this text as part of our Masters in trauma surgery. Very well put together by so many great authors.

  • David I. Sat Feb 16 2019

    Great 3D printing in medicine book

    This is a really great little handbook. Our hospital (Mayo Clinic) is looking to use bioprinting for future treatments and this book has filled in all those little questions that we all have. Really great content and well put together by Editors Thomas, Zessop and Whittiker. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about 3D Bioprinting.

  • Janee G. Sat Sep 15 2018

    Highly informative book

    This is a nice little read and has been great to dip into. The chapter structure is a little confusing, but the book overall is a very good read.