“After 15 years there is no more pain,” says Herbert K. The 78-year-old has since September an “acetabular implant” made from the 3D printer.
“Before that he had seven surgeries on his right hip,” says Peter Ritschl, Medical Director at the Orthopaedic Hospital Gersthof (KAV).
This is how a 3D hip is created: First, a CT scan is made is made. “Then, a plastic model in Belgium is made,” says Ritschl. If it fits, the 3D laser printer produces the titanium implant. The special feature: “This prosthesis fits exactly like a glove,” says Ritschl. Production costs 12,000 euros.
Ten such surgeries has been performed by Ritschl. “It is not for everyone. But patients who would otherwise be confined to a wheelchair, can get our help at last.”
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