UAE’s first 3D-printed knee replacements
UAE’s first 3D-printed knee replacements. According to Dr. Matthias Honl, he has been using the technology since 2008 in Austria and a consultant orthopedic surgeon and head of the Joint Replacement Unit at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai, “The procedure is simple and makes use of a CT scan to size up the patient’s knee before the implant is even manufactured. It then prints a wax mold of the implant based on the dimensions of the patient’s knee, which is used as a model for the implant itself. I am happy that the technology found its way to be available for our patients in the Gulf region.
Both patients complained of extreme pain. After assessing their condition, we decided to have customized knees for each of them, using 3D technology”.
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Dubai 3D Printing Strategy
According to the government of Dubai and the ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy’, “a unique global initiative that aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by the year 2030”.
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