The Apollo Hospitals Group has recently joined hands with the Anatomiz3D Medtech Pvt Ltd, to establish hospital 3D-printing labs in India for three dimensional printed implants that would enable doctors to visualise and print implants for complicated cases. The first of these would be launched at Apollo Health City, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
The hospital 3D-printing labs would provide medical 3D printing services for better healthcare, through the creation of anatomical models for pre-surgical planning and education, patient-specific cutting and drilling guides, and customized implants and implant moulds.
A multi-disciplinary team consisting of biomedical engineers, mechanical engineers, AM engineers, 3D designers at Anatomiz3D will work with Apollo Hospitals medical and surgical talent in the hospital 3D-printing labs.
The lab will provide anatomical models that are life-size replicas of a patient’s anatomy, accurately reconstructed from their CT/MRI scans into 3D models, which can be created in multiple materials, colours, opacities and hardness to provide advanced 3D visualization for pre-surgical planning and patient communication.
Implants and molds that are custom designed to perfectly match the defect region in a patient also ensure the ideal aesthetic and functional fit. Surgical guides and tools that fit on a predetermined area of a patient’s bone guide a surgical saw or drill in a pre-planned direction, ensuring a precise surgical outcome.
“Patient-specific design of implantable devices and surgical tools will help optimize surgical processes and costs. In areas such as spinal surgery, customised 3D-printing will add value to personalized medicine, enhancing pre-operative planning, leading to shorter operation times and helping to reduce risk for the patient. 3D-printing will also help improve the skills of the new generation of surgeons with a better understanding of the disease involved,”said Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.