Office-based rapid prototyping in orthopedic surgery: a novel planning technique and review of the literature

Adam Schwartz, Kyle Money, Mark Spangehl, Steven Hattrup, Richard J. Claridge, Christopher Beauchamp

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Abstract

Three-dimensional (3-D) prototyping, based on high-quality axial images, may allow for more accurate and extensive preoperative planning and may even allow surgeons to perform procedures as part of preoperative preparation. In this article, we describe 7 cases of complex orthopedic disorders that were surgically treated after preoperative planning that was based on both industry-provided models and use of our in-house 3-D printer. Commercially available 3-D printers allow for rapid in-office production of a high-quality realistic prototype at relatively low per-case cost. Using this technique, surgeons can assess the accuracy of their original surgical plans and, if necessary, correct them preoperatively. The ability to "perform surgery preoperatively" adds another element to surgeons' perceptions of the potential issues that may arise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)
Volume44
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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  • Medicine(all)

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    Schwartz, A., Money, K., Spangehl, M., Hattrup, S., Claridge, R. J., & Beauchamp, C. (2015). Office-based rapid prototyping in orthopedic surgery: a novel planning technique and review of the literature. American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.), 44(1), 19-25.