Surgeons using 2D images to diagnose and treat complex reconstructive bone procedures know how frustrating it can be to wait until the first incision is made to get the full picture of the patient’s pathology. Now there is another way. Know what to expect for your complex reconstructive bone procedures by working in three dimensions together with a personal engineer at Materialise.
The patient, a 15-year-old boy, experienced problems with supination, in addition to a lack of pronation after conservative treatment of a double radius fracture. Thanks to Materialise's surgery planning and guide design services, surgery time decreased from 3 hours to 45 minutes.
A 51-year old man presented with a distal radius malunion, exhibiting a notably excessive volar tilt. Normally a severe deformity such as this poses a challenge to surgeons. Fortunately, Dr. Evans and his personal engineer at Materialise were able to work out the correct positions of the osteotomy and distal fragment.
A 58-year-old woman sustained an intra-articular radius fracture after a fall. Her initial treatment consisted of closed reduction and percutanious k-wire fixation. Shortly after the k-wires were removed, the patient began to experience problems moving her wrist and severe pain. By the time she reported this to a doctor, she was already suffering from a complex intra-articular malunion.