Johnson & Johnson Announces 3D Printed Patient-Specific Surgical Tools

Published by , April 4, 2017 12:07 pm

(Engineering)  Johnson & Johnson’s 3D Printing Center of Excellence is launching a series of customized surgical tools that will be made available to surgeons across the United States. These tools complement the 3D-printed TRUMATCH craniomaxillofacial (CMF) implants and surgical guides developed by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Synthes. With TRUMATCH products, a patient’s CT scan can be converted into personally tailored implants, such as a jawbone, or surgical guides, which aid doctors in the precise implementation of incisions and implantation of medical hardware based on a patient’s anatomy.
The customized surgical tools allow doctors to 3D print patient-specific tools that can be implemented during surgery. Typically, according to Onukuri, a doctor may enter the operating room with multiple instrument sizes, which can introduce added inefficiency into the surgery. With 3D printing, however, it’s possible to create tools that fit the procedure exactly.

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