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On 13 March 2019, Professor Tshifularo performed three middleear transplants using 3D-printed ossicles (the hammer, anvil and stirrup). This procedure is significantly less risky than the use of prostheses and their associated surgical procedures and is hailed as the answer to conductive hearing loss, a middle-ear problem caused by congenital birth defects, infection, trauma or metabolic disease. The surgery further aims to simplify the reconstruction of ossicles during middle-ear procedures and reduce the risks associated with traditional surgery, which include the potential for facial nerve paralysis.
Since joining the Department, Professor Tshifularo has been the driving force behind many firsts at the University of Pretoria. In November 2008, he performed a bloodless operation known as an endoscope-assisted tonsillectomy using a technique that he had developed. At around the same time he led the Steve Biko Robert Kerr Cochlear Implants Project, which performs cochlear implants on patients from poor communities.
Professor Tshifularo was the first black ENT specialist and among the youngest in the country when he was appointed to the SMU Department of Otorhinolaryngology in 2001. To date he has been instrumental in the training of more black South African ENT specialists than have qualified at any other institution in the country.
The UP Expert Lecture Series provides a public platform for UP researchers to engage with a general audience on significant developments in their fields of expertise that are likely to have an impact in the future. We invite you to participate in this hour-long lecture and to be informed of the University’s research output.
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