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3D modeling from a patient’s perspective: improving the patient consent process

Case Study
  • Orthopedics

In a previous case study, Dr. Michael Pearl explained how a medical 3D model offered a solution for a bone deformity caused at birth. In the video below, his patient, Sonia Witherow, tells her side of the story. Her injury affected the nerves that connect the spine to the upper extremity, which meant that her arm was turned internally and that she couldn’t do some basic movements like wash her hair. The recent surgery was necessary because of contractures of muscles and tendons and small differences in her clavicle, humerus, and scapula.

Before the procedure, she had limited movement in her arm, which caused her both functional and self-esteem issues. Having access to the 3D model during pre-operative planning discussions with her doctor made her feel empowered and relieved. She enjoyed the unique and personalized approach to her case and the detailed information provided by the model ensured a full understanding of her condition.

When we asked her if she would recommend a medical 3D model for other patients, she answered, “I would recommend the use of the 3D bone structure. It helped me feel more confident, more involved in the process with my doctor. It felt more comfortable going into surgery.” Thanks to the surgery, she can move her arm without restrictions, which makes her feel more confident and independent.

Read about the benefits this medical 3D model offered to the surgeon: https://axial3d.com/case-studies/confirming-the-right-course-of-treatment-and-improving-the-patient-consent-process-with-physical-3d-models

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