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33rd Annual Scientific Meeting proceedings

Stream: SA   |   Session: 3D Printing - from Scan into the OR
Date/Time: 07-07-2023 (14:30 - 15:00)   |   Location: Auditorium Hall
Human perspective on 3D practice
Drwiega MD, Piekos MSC
Mirai Clinic, Otwock, Poland.

The development of the possibility of using 3D prints in human orthopedics is moving in two directions. The first is work on bioprinting, which will enable the replacement or supplementation of missing tissues.

Orthopedics is a good recipient here, because many tissues dealt with by orthopedics have a very slow metabolism and are not very supplied with blood.

Although the bioprints still haven't left the labs, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

In the practice of human orthopedics, we use computer planning of deformation correction with the possibility of printing appropriate templates used during surgery on a daily basis with increasing success.

For the proper functioning of our limbs, we need their correct biomechanics, and the basis is good geometry. If this limb geometry is disturbed, we need to correct it. Corrections of deformation in one plane are quite simple. Such, in principle, can be done without using a computer. Nevertheless, printouts increase the precision of such a procedure. However, when the deformities are in two or even three planes, we are not able to come up with an appropriate method of correction during the procedure. This is where the engineer comes in. Virtual planning of the operation and printing of special tools for osteotomy makes the procedures precise, repeatable, safer and often even possible to perform.

During the lecture:

• Since when do we use 3D prints in orthopedics and what were the first steps?

• How can we use 3D prints to plan treatments?

• What are the advantages of computer planning of our operations?

• What deformations are currently corrected using 3D prints.

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