Surgeons always appreciate precision and outcomes. And when it comes to implants, this is a huge challenge. Though humans have the same structure, same bones and same outlooks, when it comes to body parts, they are not identical. And this is applicable to implants also. When two patients need the same implants, we cannot assume that they require the same model. So, customization is important in implants and identifying the best suiting is one of the toughest tasks for surgeons.
Now for this challenge, to find the precise implant, technology can be adapted. This is why 3-D printing is relevant. With a 3-D printer, one can precisely construct customized implants. With extensive experience in computer-aided design (CAD) and equipped with the latest 3D technologies, a wide range of patient-specific implants such as acetabular hip implants and shoulder implants can be developed. Implants manufactured with 3D printing technology are not fundamentally different from traditional medical implants. The added value of 3D Printing lies in the customization of implants, which allows for the treatment of less frequent diseases.
Implants can also be made smarter by introducing sensors. This permits clinicians to precisely measure patient information. One parameter a sensor could measure is temperature, as a raised temperature can indicate an infection before symptoms appear. This could benefit both patients and doctors by aiding treatment before the infection becomes complicated and expensive to treat. These sensors could also be fused into bone reinforcement implants, which are used to support fractures heal. The benefits smart implants have over traditional metal implants could mean patients would suffer less pain and discomfort and be less likely to become seriously ill due to infection while at lower risk of needing revision surgeries – critical for younger patients.