Treating a young patient born in 1993 who had an injury in 2009 with a malunion of the distal radius, Dr. Peter Axelsson from the Sahlgrenska Hospital in Sweden worked together with the Materialise Clinical Engineers for 3D-printed anatomical models, 3D analysis and planning, and 3D-printed patient-specific guides. This case was one of the first cases he did with Materialise.
Extensive guidance from start to finish
Based on the planned screw positions and trajectories, patient-specific drilling guides were designed and 3D printed. With the help of these guides, the surgeon pre-drilled the screw holes before the osteotomy was performed. Then, the osteotomy was guided through cut slots built into a 3D printed cutting guide. To complete the final fragment reduction, the plate was placed on the bone and aligned to the pre-drilled holes. Dr. Axelsson received a full case report detailing the surgical plan prior to surgery, including the approximate screw lengths of the 11 screws that were used for fixation. This extensive guidance was very much appreciated by the team in Sweden.