The home office isn’t complete without an ink-jet printer, and soon, the operating room won’t be complete without the technology of a 3D printer. Medical professionals are revolutionizing the way surgeries are being performed with the help of a little technology.
Actually, a lot of technology. These robotic-like machines work to make just about any shape you can think of. A wrench for the space station? Done. An architect's model of a new skyscraper? Piece of cake. An exact replica of Mable’s left knee-cap? You got it.
(If you’re interested in the specifics of how 3D printing works, and have time to dive into terms like vat photopolymerisation, then check out this site)
3D printers allow surgeons to replace knees with exact replicas, not one-size-fits-all pieces they grab from the shelves. Ultimately, this gives a better fit for the patient, and even a faster and easier recovery time. With a perfect fit, patients find their new knee more trustworthy than one that’s not 100% aligned. That misalignment of replacement knees is a common cause of complaint with patients.
The technology is new, so it’s not readily available everywhere. Another downside is the production time of the knee model can take weeks or even months. However, medical professionals say that recovery time with the 3D printed knee models can be as little as six weeks compared to months of physical therapy with the more traditional options. So patients can get back to their lives a lot sooner, and with a lot less pain. Win for everyone!
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