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George Eliot Hospital has successfully completed its first implantation of a 3D printed titanium ankle replacement.

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George Eliot Hospital has successfully completed its first implantation of a 3D printed titanium ankle replacement. (1).png

Mr Nandhara, Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant specialising in foot and ankle surgery, along with the Trauma and Orthopaedic team, completed the operation after importing the new model from specialists in the United States.

George Eliot Hospital is proud to be one of the first hospitals to use this innovation procedure to benefit patients.

Recipient of the new ankle replacement, Patient Mr Mark Host said: “I have a problem with avascular necrosis (AVN) which reduces blood supply to the bone.  Traditional methods of surgery may have resulted in several months of recovery time before I could walk.

“The 3d operation reduced my recovery time and I was able to walk around a special boot in six weeks and fully stand on my foot after another couple of months.

“It is now six months since my operation and this has been life changing for me and I can move around for the first time in years. I can’t praise the team enough”

Mr Nandhara said: “Our procedure involved removing the entire talus bone and replacing it with a 3D printed Titanium Talus, which would articulate with the ankle and foot and act like the native bone.  This meant that Mark would be able to have movement at the ankle and it would function more like a normal ankle joint, plus recovery time was shorter.

“It is great that we can use cutting edge technology to provide solutions to difficult problems that otherwise would not be achievable.”

George Eliot Hospital’s Foundation Group partner South Warwickshire NHS Trust has also used similar technology and the hospital expects to see other Trusts follow suit and use this method to support patients for years to come.

 

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