Medical Innovations: Surgical Planning with 3D Printing


Medical Innovations: Surgical Planning with 3D Printing


Lead author Wade Aubry, M.D of an article published by Stratasys, reports that literature supports the claim that for several surgical procedures, clinicians with access to 3D printed models are able to provide better and more efficient care by improving planning, practice, communication, and determining the right approach.

Physicians who are 3D printing patient-specific anatomy models for surgical planning are reporting anecdotal benefits such as shorter operating time, less blood loss and faster recovery. Other benefits include avoiding complications and identifying a successful surgical plan where none was apparent with 2D models. But the quantifiable evidence to date has been limited.

Most published reports highlight single-patient experiences and physician-expert assessments of how the model improves surgical end points. But this is changing as more, larger studies begin to measure the clinical and financial impact of 3D printing for surgical planning. Hospitals continue to adopt 3D printing at historically high rates, generating their own data, but they need better guidance on the impact.

Stratasys engaged Quorum Consulting, a leading healthcare economics and reimbursement firm, to evaluate 3D printing’s opportunity to shape surgical planning. Together, Stratsys and Quorum Consulting reviewed hundreds of medical publications and conducted deep analyses of reimbursement claims databases to identify which procedures have the most potential for 3D printing to transform patient care.

Click here to download, read and review the existing, quantifiable evidence for 3D printing in surgical planning.

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