DePuy Synthes, which is part of the Johnson & Johnson family, announced an agreement with Materialise which will introduce a new range of titanium 3D printed skull and facial implants. The companies have been working on this partnership and developing the craniofacial technology for the past 6 years.
Materialise Founder and CEO, Wilfried Vancraen, stated,
“At Materialise, we strive to make medical 3D printing accessible to every researcher, engineer, and clinician, through an open platform of software and services that help customize patient treatment. Together with DePuy Synthes, we have successfully enabled better surgical outcomes through surgical planning and patient-specific guides, and are proud that this new collaboration will now empower even more CMF surgeons to discover the benefits of 3D-printed, patient-specific implants as well.”
With the addition of personalized titanium 3D-printed implants, DePuy Synthes is now able to offer a personalized total solution for orthognathic surgery and other craniofacial indications that seamlessly integrates virtual surgical planning, intraoperative patient specific tools and personalized implants to help surgeons achieve their goals for accuracy and patient outcomes.
“The TRUMATCH CMF Solutions portfolio includes several advanced technologies for facial reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, distraction, and cranial reconstruction,” stated Elmar Zurbriggen, Vice President, DePuy Synthes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “The agreement with Materialise will enable us to continue to bring more personalized solutions to the marketplace furthering our ability to improve patient care.”
The titanium 3D-printed implants are designed based on a CT scan of the patient’s skull, with the custom implants being used to fill in gaps in the cranial and craniofacial skeleton.
“The launch of TRUMATCH orthognathic and titanium 3D-printed implants is currently being rolled out in the EMEA countries,” continued Mr. Zurbriggen.
The implants are currently being offered in Australia and Europe, excluding France. Unfortunately the TRUMATCH patient specific implants aren’t currently available in the US and Canada.
About DePuy Synthes Companies
DePuy Synthes of Johnson & Johnson provides the most comprehensive orthopaedic and neurological solutions in the world. The company offers an unparalleled breadth of products, services, programs and research and development capabilities. DePuy Synthes Companies’ solutions in the specialties of joint reconstruction, trauma, neurological, craniomaxillofacial, spinal surgery and sports medicine are designed to advance patient care while delivering clinical and economic value to health care systems worldwide. For more information visit www.depuysynthes.com.