Customizing knee implants using 3D printing.

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ConforMIS states,” This company is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, that designs and manufactures customized knee implants for patients. A CT scan of a patient’s knee is taken, and a 3D model of the patient’s knee is created. Using the 3D model, designs of implants customized to the patient are created. 3D printing technology is used to manufacture implants specific to that patient. As a result, knee implants that are customized for a specific patient are generated.
Traditional knee replacement surgery is based on off-the-shelf implants. A surgeon makes adjustments to the implants for a patient. These adjustments may not be a perfect fit for a patient, and the implant can be too big or too small. In contrast, customized implants generated by ConforMIS technology are made to fit each patient’s knee. Customized knee implants have been found to result in faster recovery, higher satisfaction, and improved ability to perform normal day-to-day activities.
Dr. Philipp Lang, MD, MBA, is the CEO and co-founder of ConforMIS.  ConforMIS owns or licenses approximately 470 patents and pending patent applications.¨

Knee and Hip Replacements.


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