Research finds use of 3D printed anatomical models in surgery significantly reduces operative time
New research into the use of 3D printed anatomical models in surgery has found significant reductions in operative time and cost.
62 minutes of surgery time saved per case, equating to $3,720 of surgery costs savings
Twenty-five pieces of literature documenting cost savings in the use of 3D printed surgical guides were analyzed. On average, the use of a 3D printed surgical guide demonstrated:
23 minutes saved per case, equating to $1,488 in cost savings
The research also notes that an estimated 63 models or guides per year (or 1.2/week) were predicted to be the minimum number to breakeven and account for annual fixed costs.
Axial3D service users have also reported significant time savings when using 3D printed models.
Recently, Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, Dr. Andrew Bowey noted a saving of 120+ minutes in a complex spina bifida procedure.
Mr. Michael Eames, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Ulster Hospital also reported a saving of 200+ minutes with the insight provided through a 3D printed model.
Speaking on the procedure, Mr. Eames said, "Having a tangible scale piece of anatomy provides huge insight into the pathology not possible on conventional CT or MRI scans. Access to the model changed the standard treatment indicated by the CT scans for a 4-hour complex osteotomy to a simple, much less invasive 30-minute soft tissue procedure."
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