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Full 3D printed bone implant for total ankle replacement surgery at Holy Name Medical Center in New Jersey

2024-01-04 13:37

The Holy Name Medical Center in New Jersey has recently made milestone progress in orthopedic patient care, successfully implementing the first surgery using custom 3D printed bone implants. Dr. Peter Iannuzzi is a specialist in the Department of Foot and Ankle Surgery at Holy Name Medical Center. He performed surgery on a patient with chronic pain and difficulty walking.

This surgery is a significant advancement made by the center in the field of orthopedics, as advanced imaging technology allows for a more intuitive understanding of the patient's anatomical structure. Dr. Iannuzzi utilized this technology to create personalized 3D printed titanium alloy bones and new ankle joints to meet the special needs of patients. This process involves removing the existing bone at the top of the patient's foot and replacing it with a 3D printed implant.


One of the significant advantages of 3D printing surgery is the improved preoperative planning through 3D visualization of the patient's ankle. This meticulous planning makes surgical strategies more precise, thereby comprehensively improving the patient's experience.

By utilizing visualization technology, the medical team has created customized bones to navigate complex areas with higher accuracy. This not only minimizes the risk of complications, but also ensures the best treatment outcomes for patients. The successful completion of this surgery marks a significant leap in the field of orthopedic medicine, demonstrating the potential of 3D printing technology in innovating surgical methods and improving patient prognosis.

Iannuzzi said, "The ability to replicate bones through this 3D surgery marks an important milestone in the field of patient care.".We now have an unparalleled tool to advance surgical interventions, ultimately providing patients with better treatment outcomes and quality of life.