The International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) is one of the leading international conferences about innovation in orthopedics. One of the best aspects about the conference is the mix of orthopedic surgeons, academics and representatives from the industry, who come together for fruitful discussions about new and ongoing topics in arthroplasty. We look back at the highlights and the insights we gained.
In his talk, "Health Economics: 3D is Here, But Can We Afford It Moving Forward?” Philip Tack discussed the cost-effectiveness of medical innovations, more specifically, through a case involving a custom 3D-printed implant for a severe acetabular defect.
What did 2016 look like for Materialise Medical? Our blog covered our most interesting projects, stories and updates, which covered everything from 3D-printed implants to saving the lives of newborn babies! We’ve taken a look at the favorite blog posts of our readers and here are the results.
With ever increasing cost-pressure and requirements from regulators to show the efficacy of new arthroplasty (joint replacement) devices, the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty has become a more relevant conference than ever before. With a mix of orthopedic surgeons, academics and representatives from the industry, the conference was a great opportunity to have fruitful discussions about new and ongoing topics in arthroplasty. We look back at the highlights and the lessons learned.
During the development of new medical devices, as well as in scientific research, it is of the highest importance to test and validate results. At the Bio-Inspired TEchnology research group of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, engineer Awaz Ali has designed and developed a new multi-steerable catheter, with snake-like tip motions and complex curves, for complex cardiac interventions. The ability to create such a device with improved maneuverability inside the highly dynamic environment of the heart could allow more complex cardiac procedures to be performed through a transcatheter approach.
Catheter-based interventions are often the therapy of choice when treating the cardiovascular system of fragile and weak patients. Though often much less invasive than alternative treatments, this technique has its own limitations: it risks dislodging plaque or calcium into the circulatory system as well as potentially damaging, rupturing or penetrating the arterial walls. Also, imaging and the extensive use of contrast agent are not without risk.
The Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan has long been a pioneer in the use of 3D Printing and 3D visualization to help their patients. One such application of the technology has been with their innovations in Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR).
American surgical device company DJO was having challenges prior to the launch of their new implant, the TaperFill™ Hip Stem, a shorter femur stem designed to be inserted through a direct anterior approach hereby sparing the critical posterior soft tissue. The design of the implant proved to be very tricky as it needed to fit closely in the cortical bone to ensure stability. As there was not much room for error, it was difficult to create a design that fit a maximum amount of patients, since every anatomy differs slightly from person to person. DJO optimized the hip with the help of image-based population analysis.
Anyone who has ever had a broken arm, sprained ankle or anything that requires wearing a cast undoubtedly remembers how uncomfortable it was. Sure, it was fun to get everyone’s signature on your arm or leg, but that didn’t make up for the itchiness, the rash and the difficulties involved when taking a shower. A bright team of engineers at Michigan Technological University thought there had to be a better solution, and came up with a lightweight, porous, 3D-printed alternative instead.