Surgery Prep for Minors Optimized By 3D Printed Femurs

Research team from San Diego’s University of California have quantified results of preparing surgery using patient-customized 3D bone models. Hip disorders including the femur bone are not uncommon amongst children aged between 9 and 16. However, it is a condition that can be fixed with surgery. The researchers were excited to examine the use of FFF 3D models. Their primary study focus was on performing triplane proximal femoral osteotomy. Traditional surgery involves the surgeon blindly rebuilding the femur bone without physically having seen it. However, the use of 3D printing can aid surgeons explicitly practice the cone cutting before the actual operation takes place.

Cost Effectivity Drives Use of Patient Specific 3D Models

Printing customized bone model costs just a few dollars, much reasonable in terms of price than half the cost the OR time. Researchers believe that these 3D models will be effective in guiding newbie surgeons and in cases of highly challenging surgeries. There is still more research to be done on the quality of the surgery, however, the analysts are confident of them being similarly effective. Surgery time was effectively witnessed to be reduced by approximately thirty to forty-five minutes. This demonstrates that 3D printed models are not only effective in providing a practice filed for surgeons, but can also help reduce time spent in the Operation Room, thereby reducing costs.

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