A pioneering Swansea unit that has helped hundreds of people with facial disfigurements celebrates 25 years today.
Welsh specialists at Morriston Hospital, including consultant maxillofacial surgeon Adrian Sugar and his team, were the first to introduce the technique of ‘osseointegration’ to patients in the UK.
Developed in Sweden, the process involves bone growing around a titanium metal implant, holding it firmly in place.
This work has led to the use of implants to firmly anchor facial prostheses, such as eyes, ears and noses.
It has also led to the development of dental implants, which are used throughout the world to replace the loss of natural teeth.
Experts say the technique allows those with facial prostheses to live their lives with confidence.
To commemorate the unit’s 25 years, a seminar will be held at Swansea University's Institute of Life Sciences where the present team will be joined by patients and past staff.
The surgical and prosthetic team from Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden, who were instrumental in guiding the team in their first cases, will also be there.