Hospital for Special Surgery opens joint-venture 3D-printing facility for joint replacement


New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery and orthopedic devicemaker Lima have opened a provider-based 3D-printing center for complex joint replacement solutions.

The ProMade Point of Care Center at HSS' main campus will create faster and more accessible care for patients who need custom implants for orthopedic conditions, according to a March 24 news release.

Personalized implants used in more complex cases will be designed and produced at the facility to meet the needs of the patient's unique anatomy. The design and manufacturing service will also be available to patients from other hospitals.

Engineers will use Lima Corporate's Trabecular Titanium technology, which can be 3D-printed into any shape, according to the company. Lima Corporate and Hospital for Special Surgery have been collaborating on patient-specific implants since 2016.

"These custom 3D-printed solutions will provide relief to complex patients, who have often been living with joint problems for decades, and expedite what was once an international production process," said Leonard Achan, RN, the hospital's chief innovation officer. "We also hope to foster and accelerate innovation in complex orthopedic joint care, with the potential to result in new products and solutions for patients across the U.S."

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