NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN 3D PRINTING FOR KNEE REPLACEMENTS
In traditional implants, the process of matching the donor and recipient is a long shot. This also makes the surgery quite complicated and long and the recovery period even longer. The recovery period may not be easy either. Not to forget, the recipient body can totally reject the implant as a foreign body. With 3D printed knee replacements, the knee is customized for the patient, so there is no room for ill-fitting.
Through a CT scan, doctors can get an accurate shape and size of the knee, which is then printed making it for each patient. This is then implanted in the patient and eliminates the pain from an ill-fitted joint replacement which often patients complain about.
This surgery is not only ground-breaking but will be the future of implant surgeries. Already multiple fields and branches of medicine are working on 3D printing, but knee replacements are way ahead of the game, already being performed on patients. The success rates of this surgery are amazing. Much better and higher than that of a tradition joint replacement surgery. Patients have reported quicker recovery and better functioning.
The process is quite interesting. It is still in the development stages to enhance the results, but it is being performed on people. If you need new joints, then don’t forget to discuss this option with your orthopedic.
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