Fixing a fracture the 'idiot-proof' way - thanks to 3D printer which speeds up recovery and saves patients from repeat operations
Surgeons are using astonishingly accurate 3D printed bones to help fix severe fractures, speeding up recovery and saving patients from repeat operations – and even amputations.
The injured area is scanned using a technique similar to an X-ray, so a computer model of the bone can be created. This is then used to fashion a replica of the fractured bone using a 3D printer, allowing doctors to plan repair procedures beforehand – and making the operation 'idiot-proof', according to the British surgeon pioneering the method.
About 35,000 Britons each year suffer a bone fracture that does not heal... read more
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