Professor Stefaan Nijs elaborates on how 3D technologies are transforming the field of trauma surgery and improving the quality of life of dozens of patients, many with severe complications that made them untreatable with conventional methods.

During the webinar, Prof. Nijs demonstrates the capabilities of 3D imaging for accurate diagnosis by presenting a case study of a patient with a calcaneal fracture. 3D visualization is also extremely useful for diagnosis especially when traditional methods fail. This is exemplified by a case example of a 17-year-old girl who suffered severe injuries after a horseback riding accident. Apart from the diagnosis, enhanced 3D visualization could be a useful tool in predicting the best medical procedure for a patient. For example, in cases of clavicular fracture, patients may suffer chronic shoulder pain which can be very difficult to diagnose using x-ray images alone. Dr. Nijs concludes with the benefits and reasons why he feels that 3D visualization and guidance make trauma surgery a craft and no longer an art.

What you’ll learn in this webinar

  • The difference between 2D and 3D images and concrete examples of why 3D images influences the surgical strategy
  • How Dr. Nijs uses 3D images and planning pre-, intra- and post-operatively
  • What SurgiCase is and how the platform can be used to prepare for surgery
  • Case stories and practical examples, illustrated by pictures and videos of how Dr. Nijs uses the 3D technique in his daily practice
  • The four benefits of incorporating 3D software technology and 3D Printing in the surgical workflow according to Dr. Nijs

Professor Dr. Stefaan Nijs studied at KU Leuven and is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at the same university. He is Chairman of Trauma Surgery at the University Hospital UZ Leuven and specializes in polytrauma care, treating injuries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, peripheral nerves, reconstructions and treating sport accidents. Dr. Nijs, as a renowned surgeon in his field, features in the media, such as in the television show ‘Topdokters’.

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