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Surgeon Treats Severe Ankle Injury with 3D Printed Implant

Written by David

February 7, 2019

(HealthNewsDigest.com) – MAYWOOD, IL – In 2017, Deborah Stoneburner was in a severe car accident, and among her injuries was a crushed ankle bone called the talus. Loyola Medicine orthopaedic surgeon Adam Schiff, MD, successfully replaced the damaged bone with a metal talus made with 3D printing technology. The talus lies above the heel bone and below the tibia and fibula bones of the lower leg. It’s responsible for ankle movements up and down and side to side. A conventional treatment for such injuries is to fuse the ankle bones into one bone. While a fusion relieves pain, it also eliminates joint motion. A second treatment is to amputate and replace with a prosthesis. Ms. Stoneburner came to Loyola for a third option: a 3D printed implant. In 3D printing, an object is made from a three-dimensional digital model. In Ms. Stoneburner’s case, CT scans were taken of the […]

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