Cutting edge technology helps veterans at Hampton VA Medical Center

Posted at 12:00 AM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 22:52:30-05

HAMPTON, Va. - Our service members risk life and limb to keep us safe.  For some, the risk of injury becomes reality.

The Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center works with a couple hundred veterans a year with below-the-knee amputations.

"They've done so much for us," Dr. Jose Morey, a Hampton VAMC radiologist,  said.

That's why he's pushing the envelope when it comes to their healthcare.

"We want to be able to help them in ways that they've never been able to be helped before," Morey said.

vets-3 They're doing it using 3D printers.  Dr. Morey began testing out 3D printed prosthetics with veterans over the summer.

So far, he's fitted and tested the 3D printed prosthetics on three veterans.

"They're like, oh my gosh this is completely different," Morey said.

Friday night on News 3 at 11 see what makes them so different and why Dr. Morey says prosthetics are just the beginning.