Just as there is a variety of applications in the 3D printing industry, there is also a variety of applications in the medical industry. Today, Materialise is offering surgeons the possibility to plan shoulder arthroplasty cases and order patient-specific shoulder guides.

Made in collaboration with DePuy Synthes, the 3D printed guide for shoulder surgery is called the TRUMATCH® Personalized Solutions Shoulder System.  

The function of this system will make you recall the capacities of Materialise Mimics inPrint software that is distributed to hospitals around the world.

The TRUMATCH® Personalized Solutions Shoulder System

From now, orthopaedic surgeons could prepare for shoulder arthroplasty surgery, especially for Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty (RSA) and Anatomic Total Shoulder Arthroplasty (TSA) operations.

With the system, surgeons will have access to an all-in-one, web-based platform that will allow them to better plan and prepare for these operations as well as order patient specific 3D printed surgical guides.

RSA and TSA operations present unique challenges, with limited visibility as the result of the small incision, the Glenoid cavity being deep in the surgical window and the lack of reliable landmarks. However, precise alignment is required, not just because of limited bone stock, but because of its impact on overall screw length and fixation (with RSA) and the occurrence of peg perforation (with TSA).

Comparison with 2D images

With 3D virtual pre-surgical planning, implant positioning is carried out within a stable reference frame, linked to the entire scapula, using reliable landmarks that are not subject to case specific wear patterns. This allows the surgeon to be more precise in the alignment of the implant and screw positioning, improving overall fixation.

Thanks to the system, preparation prior to the theatre room is increased as well as confidence and control during surgery on the side of the team.

As a result of the pre-operative planning, surgeons may decide to execute the surgery with personalized guides if it’s believed that conventional instruments or standard guides are less appropriate because of glenoid deformities.

Furthermore, the TRUMATCH® Personalized Solutions Shoulder System also allows surgeons to order patient specific 3D printed shoulder guides within the same platform.

Revealed at the AAOS Annual Meeting in New Orleans for the first time, the solution will be available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

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