Patient Specific Implants and Services
Whether for reconstructive surgery or for aesthetic surgery, sometimes standard implants are not suitable or simply unavailable. For those cases, ProtoMed can help you with an implant specifically designed for your patients. The design of such a Patient Specific Implant (custom-made implant) starts from a patient’s Computer Tomography (CT) or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data. In close collaboration with you, the surgeon, the design can be tuned to specific characteristics. Patient-Specific Implants ensure a fast and safe surgery resulting in a satisfied patient with an excellent aesthetic reconstruction or enhancement.
Indications for a PSI
Patients Specific Implants (PSI’s) are most commonly known in the fields of Neuro- and CranioMaxilloFacial surgery. This is not surprising; in the facial region, aethetics are of vital importance. A person’s face/head is the first thing you look at and you know that first impressions count. So the Neuro and CMF field have adopted PSI’s for a combination of the 2 possible reasons for choosing a custom implant:
Choosing Patient Specific Implants (PSI’s) has significant advantages. Mostly these advantages are born from the fact that such a custom implant fits perfectly, immediately and since it is designed for one patient, the aesthetic result is excellent .
Unique, Customized, Precise fit – Better Aesthetics
Our team at ProtoMed® is comprised of a versatile group of individuals including material, computer and mechanical engineers, and medical professionals. We use cutting edge technology to produce customized cranioplasty and maxillofacial flaps (Accuplasty®) with perfect dimensions to provide a ‘drop in fit’ to your patient’s skull/maxillofacial defect. The Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK) 3D printer(Create Bot F4301) used for this can handle printing with a precision of 40 microns. We provide Implants with thicknesses of 3.5mm, 4mm, 5mm or 6mm to be patient-specific including tapering towards thin bone structures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes and No. Since PSI’s are designed specifically for each patient, a lot of labor is involved and they cannot be mass produced; this translates to a higher initial price. However, because of the many benefits of PSI’s, they are eventually the cheaper option if you compare the total and long term costs.