Orthopedic Vets Creating 3D-Printed Titanium Implants for Animal Patients

Published by , November 20, 2018 12:36 pm

(Med-TechNews) Certain breeds of small dog are genetically prone to developing potentially life changing conditions. In dachshunds and Shih Tzu’s, abnormal bone growth can sometimes cause their front paws to point outwards.
Since 2016, Dr Kevin Parsons, an orthopaedic vet at Langford Vets’ small animal hospital in Bristol, and former colleague Tom Shaw, a neurosurgeon now at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in Solihull, have used custom 3D-printed anatomical guides, surgical guides and titanium implants with animals. Dr Parsons said: “Taking this approach with additive has resulted in an improved preoperative planning, reduced surgical time and more predictable outcomes.”

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