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Sheepdog Knee Replacement Aided by 3D Printing

by • June 29, 2016 • No Comments

3D scanning and printing technologies are producing huge contributions to both the practice and study of medicine and this is no less true of veterinary medicine than any other area. Recently, Dr. Matthew Allen, professor of Compact Animal Surgery at the University of Cambridge, was able-bodied to reap the benefits of these high end making methods when dealing with a patient named Bella who had a damaged knee joint.

bellaBella is a Romanian Bucovina Shepherd, a sizeable rustic dog whose breed has traditionally worked side by side for centuries with Romanian shepherds. In Bella’s case, yet, her many worthwhile job was being a loving companion, a thing at which she excels. Unfortunately, she suffered of mobility problems as a outcome of a damaged knee joint and in order to maintain her high end of life, it was determined which she needed to undergo surgery. Luck was on her side in the form of Dr. Allen who believed which 3D printing can provide a less traumatic surgery with advantageous outcomes.

bella8Because the bone in Bella’s knee was just partially damaged, the outcome of a disease when she was young, Dr. Allen decided it can not be necessary to replace the entire joint. In order to know how much of it needed to be removed and what may be left in place, he initially created a series of 3D versions of Bella’s knee. He utilized the CT scan data to turn it into the virtual version in Materialise Mimics and had the print generated at the University of Cambridge.

Being able-bodied to examine the joint in more detail prior to the surgery gave Dr. Allen a leg up when the time came to undertake the operation. In addition, a 3D printed surgical tutorial was created to be placed on the bone during the operation which directed him precisely where the cuts to the bone were to be created. The implant itself was created via traditional methods by the American company BioMedtrix but the 3D print provided the input necessary to turn it into it. So high end making innovation played a worthwhile role in optimizing this surgical intervention and this represents the initially time which 3D printed tutorials have been utilized in a partial knee replacement surgery on a dog.

bella4The surgery was a good results and Bella’s owner, herself a veterinarian, reports which there has been a worthwhile improvement in Bella’s mobility. From being just about unable-bodied to move around, she is now able-bodied walk around and get back to enjoying all of the sniffing and snuggling which a dog may hope for. Discuss additional over in the 3D Printing Aids in Canine Knee Replacement forum at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Materialise / images: ITV News Anglia]