3D printing in joint replacement surgeries: 5 insights

Written by Adam Schrag | April 18, 2017 | Print  |

As healthcare professionals across all fields utilize 3D printing as a useful tool, orthopedic surgeons have begun examining its long-term feasibility, according to US News & World Report.

Here are five things to know:


1. Joint implant manufacturers use 3D printing capability and software to make cutting guides unique to a patient's condition and needs.


2. Implants can be customized using a 3D printed wax mold, as well.


3. Jason Koh, MD, of Northshore University Health System in Evanston, Ill., said, "At this point in time, there’s no clear cut advantage…at least that I can see in the literature on total knee replacement," in regards to using 3D printing technology instead of typical methods.


4. Dr. Koh believes the technology is safe for total joint replacement, but emphasized it will be important to track its future impact.


5. 3D printing is often used to make molds to prepare surgeons for complex surgeries.


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