3d printed surgical guides make their Malaysian debut

A 37-year-old Malaysian man has now joined the growing number of people worldwide whose lives have been significantly improved by 3D Printing.

Suffering from a badly healed broken arm, which he fractured at a young age, he developed a bony deformity in the left forearm. This led to stiffness and pain when using his left hand and he was left unable to perform tasks as simple as picking up a plate or opening a door. Now, thanks to Dr. Ranjit Singh Gill from Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur and the 3D Printing experts at Materialise, he can look forward to a fully functional future once more. Using virtual surgical planning and 3D printed surgical guides, for the first time in Malaysia, this complex case turned into a surgical reality on June 4th 2013.

The complexity of this case became more visible after Materialise created a virtual 3D reconstruction of the patient’s bones based on a CT scan of the patient’s arm. It turned out that the patient’s arm needed to be surgically broken again and the bone fragments precisely repositioned in order to restore normal arm movement.

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Source: 3D Printing Industry

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