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A man in China recently became the first patient in the world to receive a 3D printed tantalum knee joint implant during knee surgery. Zhang Jingui, an 84-year-old Chinese man, who was fitted with a 3D printed knee joint made from tantalum, a hard silver-gray metal. The procedure involved filling a large bone defect with the 3D printed implant. Studies suggest that,62 per cent of people in their fifties are afflicted with some sort of arthritis, and 2.2 to 3.5 per cent of Chinese people have reported suffering from knee osteoarthritis. Traditionally, knee replacement procedures have involved the use of cement implants or bone grafts, both of which can cause problems that affect the lifespan and stability of the implant.
3D printing was used to create the patient-specific implant, and that tantalum—a hard metal that is less commonly used than titanium—was used to fabricate the medical device. Usually, the high melting point of tantalum (3,020°C) makes it impractical to use on metal 3D printers. However, with specialist equipment, Southwest Hospital was able to 3D print the implant. One of the secrets to making it 3D printable was designing a porous 3D model, which was also tailor-made for the patient’s particular knee problem using visual data from CT scans. Using the scan data, staff were able to digitally reconstruct the defective knee before virtually simulating the implantation procedure. The 3D printed tantalum implant is more compact and stable than a titanium implant would have been, and offers better biocompatibility and improved bone ingrowth.
The 84 year old patient is already on his road to recovery post-surgery and would be walking out of the hospital within five days. The custom made medical implant and thorough surgical planning through 3D printing ensures a higher level of safety for patients with such high risk operations and also reduces the overall recovery time. Another day, another life transformed, kudos to 3D Printing.
How many more years before all major surgeries use 3D printed patient specific implants?!
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