It seems like 3D printers have made their way into almost every single industry. But now, a new way of applying this technology has revolutionized the surgical world. Studies affirm that 3D printed vertebral discs and hips prosthesis can be made from this technology saving money, time and improving quality at the same time.
A look into how 3D technology is changing the world of Orthopaedics
The ease at which 3D prosthetics can be made has enable surgeons all over the world to produce prosthetics for their patients which not only are cheaper, but are more adapted for each patient need, this ensures that the 3D replacement will provide the perfect fit whether it is a disc, knee or hip replacement.
To carry out this kind of surgeries, image analysis of the actual body area of the patient is needed. This process reduces the complexity of the area so that an actual prothesic can be made based on the needs of each individual. Once there is a clear image of the prosthetic, the image is segmented into thin equal layers which are finally sent to the 3D printer producing the final product that can be used on the patient.
The prothetics can be made in different materials depending on the needs of each patient. From alluminium or titanium to high-perfomance plastics. These different options guarantee the perfect fit on the patient, ensuring that the prosthetic adapts perfectly to the patients’ anatomy, facilitating rehabilitation and providing the best performance on the patient. Moreover, natural bones must carry out certain functions, they must be elastic and strong at the same time. 3D prosthetics made out of high-perfomance plastics make possible the structured produced will be able to carry out the same functions as the original patient´s bone. Reproducing the original sample as close as possible.
These new achievements can clearly be understood as the beginning of a new era in the world of orthopedics and medicine in general.