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Holding versus seeing pathology. Three-dimensional printing of the bony pelvis for preoperative planning of a complex pelvis fracture: A case report

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Pelvic injuries are not uncommon. The complex anatomy of the pelvic bones, the complex pattern of injuries, associated important structures such as neurovascular bundles, and difficult access make the reduction and fixation of these fractures difficult. Often the surgical outcomes are not satisfactory. Three-dimensional (3D) imaging using computed tomography (CT) scan (3DCT) has been the mainstay of preoperative evaluation since the 1980s, however, even with these images it may be difficult to understand complex injury patterns. Preoperative printing of a 3D model using the same CT scan data allows surgeons to hold the pelvis in their hands and then plan appropriate treatment. We report one such case of complex pelvic injury and its management using the novel method of preoperative 3D model printing.

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Postoperative frontal radiograph of the pelvis with both hips shows screw and plate fixation of the right acetabular fracture with total hip replacement
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Figure 6: Postoperative frontal radiograph of the pelvis with both hips shows screw and plate fixation of the right acetabular fracture with total hip replacement

Mentions: The model was then delivered to the surgeon. Holding the model in his hand and by viewing the fracture pattern from all possible angles, the surgeon was able to successfully plan the exact surgery for this particular injury [Figures 4–6], as against merely viewing the 3D images on a workstation or on film.


Holding versus seeing pathology. Three-dimensional printing of the bony pelvis for preoperative planning of a complex pelvis fracture: A case report
Postoperative frontal radiograph of the pelvis with both hips shows screw and plate fixation of the right acetabular fracture with total hip replacement
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 6: Postoperative frontal radiograph of the pelvis with both hips shows screw and plate fixation of the right acetabular fracture with total hip replacement
Mentions: The model was then delivered to the surgeon. Holding the model in his hand and by viewing the fracture pattern from all possible angles, the surgeon was able to successfully plan the exact surgery for this particular injury [Figures 4–6], as against merely viewing the 3D images on a workstation or on film.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Pelvic injuries are not uncommon. The complex anatomy of the pelvic bones, the complex pattern of injuries, associated important structures such as neurovascular bundles, and difficult access make the reduction and fixation of these fractures difficult. Often the surgical outcomes are not satisfactory. Three-dimensional (3D) imaging using computed tomography (CT) scan (3DCT) has been the mainstay of preoperative evaluation since the 1980s, however, even with these images it may be difficult to understand complex injury patterns. Preoperative printing of a 3D model using the same CT scan data allows surgeons to hold the pelvis in their hands and then plan appropriate treatment. We report one such case of complex pelvic injury and its management using the novel method of preoperative 3D model printing.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus