Corrective Osteotomies Around the Elbow Using 3D Planning and Patient-Specific Instrumentation
Malunions around the elbow can be a disabling condition for the patient and may warrant corrective surgery. Precise restoration of normal alignment, in order to improve pain and function, is the goal, but may be difficult to obtain with conventional techniques. The use of 3D technology can therefore be helpful to improve the outcome of corrective surgery. The technique requires a CT scan of both arms and further 3D assessment of the deformity. Using dedicated software, virtual planning of the surgical correction, based on the normal contralateral side, is possible. Based on the virtual 3D planning, patient-specific instrumentation (PSI) can be designed, 3D printed, and used during the surgical procedure. The technique allows predictable correction of elbow deformities with excellent clinical results, as will be illustrated.
KeywordsMalunion Elbow Corrective osteotomy 3D planning Patient-specific instrumentation (PSI)
Conflict of Interest: Roger van Riet has teaching and speaking agreements with Zimmer-Biomet, Acumed, and Wright Medical.
Frederik Verstreken has teaching and speaking agreements with Zimmer-Biomet and Acumed, and receives royalties from Materialise.
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