Case Studies Complex osteotomy procedure - Onco case

Transforming Patient Consent for a Complex Osteotomy Procedure

Case Study


A 63-year-old male presented with metastatic cancer causing a pathological fracture in his right acetabulum. The surgeons' treatment plan included excising the tumor and surrounding area of the acetabulum. Such a significant alteration to one's physical appearance undoubtedly prompts numerous questions and mental hurdles. Addressing these concerns is imperative before proceeding with the procedure.


The surgeon requested a 3D printed model of the patient’s anatomy to use as a visual and tactile guide when explaining the pathology to the patient and to help him understand why such drastic measures were required in order to preserve his life.

Benefits of the 3D model

The model was indispensable in helping the patient to better understand the procedure. His initial worries and doubts were abated upon seeing the model which supported him to come to terms with this necessary but heartbreaking surgical intervention.

In addition to helping this patient overcome incredible anxieties, this model was also extremely helpful between surgeon to surgeon communication and education for this procedure.

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