Posted on 21 September 2020 by Celia Butler
Personalized implants and devices offer a whole series of benefits to the patient. The biggest benefits are:
- Optimally sized implants requiring less cutting, therefore preserve more original bone and cartilage. This can lead to a faster recovery and better adoption of the implant.
- A better fit can be achieved through customized surgical guides, and this leads to more accurate positioning, better fit and alignment, reduced wear and therefore a great increase the life of the implant.
Creating these implants and devices all depends on accurate models of the patient’s individual anatomy. This has always been a time-consuming process that makes implants slower to develop and manufacture, resulting in high costs. With the enhancements of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, it is now possible to create a series of individual and incredibly complex and detailed parts with high accuracy. However, there are still delays at the design stage, whereby expert biomedical engineers with training and experience in anatomical segmentation are typically required to work on patient anatomies. This approach must be used for both straightforward cases and more complex medical conditions, as well as for injured anatomies.