A 60-year-old woman suffering from shoulder pain and limited range of motion visited Dr. Van den Bogaert, orthopedic surgeon at AZ Herentals. After analysis of the medical images indicating a devastating shoulder arthrosis with severe medialization and complete loss of the glenoid vault, Dr. Van den Bogaert determined implantation of a classic pegged baseplate for reverse total shoulder was not an option. In addition, because of the huge loss of bone stock and the sclerotic remaining cavity, the surgeon concluded that, in this case, the interposition of a massive bone graft would have little chance for ingrowth and survival, hence little chance to offer sufficient stability.
The Value of 3D Planning and a 3D-Printed Shoulder Implant
Enhance Patient Care with a Patient-Specific Shoulder Model
Materialise offers software and services to 3D print patient-specific Glenius shoulder implants. When it comes to shoulder joint replacements, a patient-specific approach can often be more suitable than standard solutions – particularly in cases that involve severe bone defects.
Materialise Glenius offers surgeons patient-specific implants for cases of reverse shoulder arthroplasty. Our service brings predictability to surgeons’ work. Being able to see the anatomy in 3D beforehand enables surgeons to run through a more complete planning exercise. This reduces the elements of surprise otherwise experienced in the operating room.
In addition to patient-specific implants, custom guides and bone models provide support to surgeons in the operating room. The patient-specific instruments greatly facilitate the intervention by allowing surgeons to accurately transfer the pre-operatively planned component placement and screw positioning during surgery.