3D visualization and guidance technology is changing the game in the field of trauma and orthopedics, revitalizing traditional workflow patterns and providing creative new ways to meet patient needs. With infinite potential for growth and evolution, the prospects are very exciting.
A need for more precise musculoskeletal imaging
Using Materialise SurgiCase to manage communication between Prof. Nijs and the team at Materialise, the surgery was planned and drill and cutting guides were also designed and printed. He performed the surgery with a better overview of the patient’s condition, and after the operation a control CT scan showed that the fracture had healed as planned, resulting in a happy patient!
As Prof. Nijs says, patients don’t conform to an average; patients are specific. With 3D-printed medical implants, the implant can be adapted to the patient’s specific anatomy, and for Prof. Nijs, 3D-printed implants in post-traumatic surgeries have huge potential to solve dramatic cases which would not have a solution otherwise. The current workflow is still not fast enough to be able to treat these severe trauma cases on time, but Prof. Nijs is convinced that one day this will be a possibility.
At the end of the webinar, he highlights some of the benefits of incorporating 3D planning and printing technology to his surgical workflow as he experiences it in his daily practice.
Prof. Nijs recently featured in a television show ‘Topdokters’, where he also talked about the advantages of 3D Planning and Printing and guided the television crew through the 3D printing facilities at Materialise Head Office. If you understand Dutch, you can take a look here.