Comparison of traditional surgery and surgery assisted by three dimensional printing technology in the treatment of tibial plateau fractures

May 3, 2017

Source:  International Orthopaedics 2017, 10 April [epub]

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Date of publication:  April 2017

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  72 patients with tibial plateau fractures were enrolled in the study from April 2014 to October 2015. They were divided into two groups: 34 cases of 3D model group, 38 cases of traditional surgery group.  Results suggest that the 3D printing group has a better clinical efficacy and patient and doctor satisfaction.

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Acknowledgement:  International Orthopaedics

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New 3-D printing process could improve prosthetic fit, decrease wait times

February 20, 2017

Source:  Healio Orthotics & Prosthetics Health Care Updates 2017, February 16 [epub]

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Date of publication:  February 2017

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Describes how researchers at the University of Michigan College of Engineering have developed a new way to design and fabricate custom prosthetics and orthotics using a 3-D printer.  The researchers plan to make the software freely available and allow other providers to introduce similar systems.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:  Healio Orthotics & Prosthetics


Pre-operative planning with 3-D printing may increase efficiency in total joint procedures

November 9, 2016

Source:  Orthopedics Today

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Date of publication: November 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Looks at the issues surrounding the development of 3D printing in joint replacement surgery in terms of potential benefits to the patient as costs come down and custom-made implants could be available for each patient; however their are warnings that more research is needed to make sure that 3D printing is safe for each patient.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Healio


Advances in 3D-printed pediatric prostheses for upper extremity differences

August 15, 2016

Source:  Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery 2016, 98(15), 1320-26

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Date of publication:  August 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  New developments in 3D printing have the potential to increase the accessibility, customization, and procurement of prosthetic limbs, and the low cost of 3D printing makes repairs and upgrades substantially more affordable, especially for children who quickly damage and outgrow prostheses.

Length of publication:  7 pages

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Acknowledgement:  JBJS


Hips with severe bone loss amenable to reconstruction with 3-D printed implants

July 19, 2016

Source:  Orthopaedics Today Europe

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Date of publication: July 2016

Publication type: Proceedings

In a nutshell: A presenter at the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Spring Meeting offered the use of 3-D printed models as an alternative for surgeons who perform revision total hip arthroplasty on patients with severe bone loss. The 3-D models can be used to create individualised orthopaedic implants which help the reconstructive surgeon in situations where there is catastrophic bone loss.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Healio Orthopedics