The ultimate objective for an orthopaedic surgeon must be to achieve optimum mobility and a pain-free life for their patient. Pre-operative planning plays a crucial role in achieving optimal outcomes, providing an intra-operative guide for the surgeon to, for example, check resection levels and alignment, as well as the size and position of the implant.
It has recently been reported that financial pressures within the NHS in the UK are leading some CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) to consider limiting joint replacement procedures in the hospitals within their areas by 12% for hip and 19% for knee arthroplasties respectively. They will do this by treating only cases where the “patient’s pain and disability should be sufficiently severe that it interferes with the patient’s daily life and/or ability to sleep”, using the patient’s Oxford Hip Score as a determining factor.
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.
Mr. Alistair Phillips works at a major trauma clinic in Southampton, where he receives many referral cases of patients who require elbow surgery and complex trauma reconstruction, often from car accidents.
To what extent can success be attributed to planning? As with most things in life it undoubtedly helps, and in orthopaedic surgery there are many good reasons to use digital planning tools for both complex and simple procedures, given that digital images and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) are now the norm in most hospitals.
Betty and her husband were about to leave on their annual holiday to Spain when they heard the bad news: her husband was terminally ill. The situation only got worse when Betty fell during the holiday and shattered her right elbow. Although she received medical attention, it was impossible to allow the bones to heal properly at a time when her husband needed all her care and attention.
Our Materalise Brazil office recently took the initiative to start a lecture series in Brazil entitled: “Innovation in 3D technology for health”. The aim of the lectures is to create awareness about the possibilities of 3D Printing for healthcare professionals, and how our technology can help hospitals treat their patients more effectively. The lectures, attended by over 300 academics, operators and hospital staff, took place at three different universities throughout the country.
It’s been busier than ever at Materialise this year, and we’re proud to have worked on so many amazing projects! We’ve also gone through quite a few changes – from an entire rebranding to a new website, we’re feeling fresh and ready for a new year. Let’s take a look at the five most popular blog posts of 2016!
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.