3D printing technology is spreading its capabilities to help orthopedic surgeons in different ways. This is to allow for its usage in bone processes. The improvements in 3D printing technology are changing the capacity of specialists to offer care.
This is according to a conclusion reached by the latest article in an orthopedic journal. As stated by the article 3D printing is now utilized to make a print of the special fracture pattern of a patient.
Published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons, the article details how 3D printing is currently being used to create a model of a patient’s specific bone pathology or fracture pattern of the patient.
“Advancements in 3D printing technology and greater availability have enabled uses for prototyping, customization, research, simulation and so much more across the orthopaedic industry,” Nathan Skelley, lead author, MD, medical director for orthopedic research at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, S.D wrote.
‘Z3D printing applications can have a positive impact on a patient’s treatment in the clinic and in the operating room.”
Technology maturation has created many drifts that reflect what is taking place to other forefront technologies,p the authors stated. 3D printers are turning out to be smaller, inexpensive, and easily available to surgeons. Furthermore, expanding access to open-source 3D imaging software has made the technology implementation widely available.
Advanced imaging studies such as CT scans may utilized to make 3D bone models. This provides doctors with a wide range of uses. For instance, such models may be utilized to make custom orthopedic guides, surgical instruments, and simulations.
“We no longer have to imagine complex anatomy or new devices using pencil and paper,” writes Skelley. “With 3D printing, we can test approaches with simulated anatomy and interact more quickly with device innovation.”
There are more opportunities for technology emerging. The authors of this article have explored the different ways 3D printing technology has linked to various advancements. Such advancements are in areas like education, prosthetics, surgical care, preoperative planning, surgical care, and patient-specific machines and treatments.
According to reports, researchers are exploring new techniques to utilize technology for orthopedic purposes. The article focuses on the possible uses that are on the range.
“3D technology truly is a game changer with results that can’t be fully quantified at this time,” disputes co-author and orthopedic surgeon Matthew J. Smith, MD, of the University of Missouri’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute.
Skelley printed an image of a shoulder of a patient and simulated various surgical methods. This helped him to discover a technique to lessen and secure dislocated collar bone. This is all minus going via the typical musculoskeletal procedure since that method was affected by the patient’s wound.
Through the assistance of 3D printed models, Skelley perfected a surgical method prior to visiting the operating space. The very surgical procedure has since been utilized by other doctors and used on other patients. All thee have seen excellent results.