Using a Digital Preoperative Plan to Manage Patient Expectations of Joint Replacement Surgery

Clare Satterly
April 14, 2017

Patient satisfaction is the ultimate goal of any orthopaedic surgeon performing a lower limb joint replacement. When the patient is shown to be satisfied with the results of their hip or knee arthroplasty; increased mobility, reduction in pain and consequent improvements in their quality of life, the surgeon can be satisfied that they have improved the life of their patient.

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Medical 3D Lab in Action: Clear Benefits after Just One Year

Stella Pahinis
March 28, 2017

The Children’s Memorial Health Institute is one of the largest specialist pediatric hospitals in Poland. Their medical team takes on highly rare and difficult cases of congenital heart disease, and innovative technologies are essential in solving these challenging cases.

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3D Medical Printing Opens a Door to the Cardiovascular Training of the Future

Marta Sambaer
March 15, 2017

Have you ever wondered how clinicians train their psycho-motor skills to perform fast and precise interventions? Certain medical branches, such as interventional radiology, are moving rapidly forward and the training of its specialists must be completely up to date. 

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What to Expect at AAOS 2017

Stephanie Benoit
March 06, 2017

It’s that time of year again – our medical team is gearing up for the biggest orthopedic conference in the world, AAOS. It’s a great opportunity to get out there and meet some of the foremost orthopedic experts in the world, as well as learning about new discoveries and innovations going on in orthopedics.

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Accuracy, Ease of Use and PACS Compatibility: Choosing the Right Orthopaedic Surgical Planning and Templating Solution

Clare Satterly
March 02, 2017

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.

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20 Reasons to Consider 3D Printing

Ann Opsomer
February 17, 2017

The Materialise World Summit, April 20-21 in Brussels, is your chance to meet international decision-makers that have already incorporated 3D Printing into their institutions.

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Should Hospitals Limit Joint Replacement Procedures as a Cost Saving Measure?

Clare Satterly
February 07, 2017

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.

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Our 5 Most Read Blog Posts of 2016 to Inspire You

Stephanie Benoit
February 06, 2017

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.

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Performing a Wrist Osteotomy with 3D Printing at Hampshire Hand Surgery Clinic

Stephanie Benoit
January 24, 2017

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.

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Why You Should Be Planning Knee Procedures Digitally

Clare Satterly
January 20, 2017

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.

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