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UK surgeons use fat transfer to repair skull injury

Article-UK surgeons use fat transfer to repair skull injury

London — In the first procedure of its kind in the U.K., surgeons have used a man’s own body fat to repair a part of his skull that had to be removed after a 25-foot fall.

BBC reports that 32-year-old Tim Barter was injured when he fell from a drainpipe that he was climbing after he had locked himself out of his house. He suffered a brain hemorrhage and shattered eye socket.

He was found unconscious by his neighbors and taken to King’s College Hospital, where he spent days in a coma. Doctors removed part of his skull to relieve pressure on his brain caused by swelling and bleeding.

After Mr. Barter recovered, a custom-made titanium plate was created with the aid of computer technology to replace the piece of removed skull. Meanwhile, surgeons injected fat from his stomach into his temple to fill out the concavity. A spokesman said the hospital has inserted 250 such prostheses over the past nine years.

Mr. Barter’s recovery took two years. He was quoted as saying he is now “doing what I’ve always put on my list,” and the BBC notes he has since taken up skydiving.

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