3D Printing Upgrades Joint Replacement
by Paul Sisson
The San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego, Calif.
July 14, 2015
San Diego, Calif. Dr. Ryan Meineke is featured in a news story on the ways in which 3D printing is impacting joint replacement. The story highlights ankle replacements, which Dr. Meineke covers in-depth, as well as knee replacements and shoulder replacements. The physicians interviewed report overall confidence in 3D printing technology as it relates to orthopedics. The guides are patient-specific and ensure that the template fits precisely in place, even if the bone contains a challenging deformation.
Dr. Meineke performs total ankle replacements using implants such as Wright’s INFINITY™ Total Ankle System and reports that 3D printing with technology such as PROPHECY™ has increased his confidence in performing ankle replacement procedures. He notes that the accuracy of the 3D model allows for a reduction of operating time as it cuts down on the number of complexities involved in joint replacement.
The opinions of Dr. Meineke are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.
These results are specific to this individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.