Source: Chutian Metropolis Daily
Recently, the orthopaedic trauma joint group of Concorde Jiangnan Hospital/Jiangxia District No.1 People’s Hospital successfully performed an operation on a patient with comminuted tibial plateau fracture. This is the second time that the orthopaedic department of the hospital has successfully combined 3D printing technology with traditional orthopaedic surgery.
Luo Dad, 68, was admitted to hospital with head and left knee injuries caused by a car accident. The diagnosis included epidural hematoma, comminuted fracture of left tibial plateau (SchatzkerⅥ) and fracture of left fibular capitulum. Considering the patient’s age, combined with brain injury and severe fracture crushing, in order to shorten the operation time, improve the efficiency and quality of the operation, yang junzhong, director of the orthopaedic department of the hospital, proposed to use 3D printing technology to assist the operation treatment, formulate the operation plan and carry out accurate treatment.
Digital design combined with 3D printing technology has printed the damaged tibia, fibula and femur models. Under the leadership of Yang Junzhong, Hu Hao, deputy chief physician, Xiong Jiating, deputy chief physician, Huang Pan and Huang Chuanwen, members of the orthopaedic trauma joint expert group, had a pre-operative discussion. According to the model, they accurately understood the fracture types, designed the surgical incision, rehearsed the surgical procedures, the placement of endophytes and the intraoperative reduction techniques, and worked out a feasible treatment plan. The operation proceeded as planned, and the postoperative rehabilitation was also satisfactory.
In recent years, with the development of the society, people’s health awareness has been continuously strengthened while their quality of life has been improved, and higher requirements have been put forward for medical technology. Therefore, the pursuit of more reliable and safer technologies has naturally become the common goal of the medical industry. The combination of 3D printing technology and traditional orthopaedic surgery enables the operator to more accurately design the surgical plan, provide personalized diagnosis and treatment for patients, and significantly improve the efficiency and quality of surgery.