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Materialise expands DePuy Synthes partnership for 3D printed surgical guides

Materialise is to launch a new system allowing surgeons to plan, design and order patient specific 3D printed guides for shoulder operations.

The all-in-one TRUMATCH® Personalized Solutions Shoulder System is an extension of Materialise’s existing partnership with DePuy Synthes, the orthopaedic and neurological branch of pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson.

Minimizing risk in the operating room 

DePuy Synthes’ TRUMATCH® shoulder solution is to be used in replacement (arthroplasty) surgeries, namely Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty (RSA) and Anatomic Total Shoulder Arthroplasty (TSA). The challenge with such surgeries is limited view due to necessarily small incisions.

With the new platform, surgeons will be able to plan RSA and TSA procedures in 3D, through a web-based platform that delivers measurement, viewing and implant positioning features.

As with other TRUMATCH® products the Personalized Solutions Shoulder System is also seamlessly integrated with he tools necessary to order a custom-3D printed surgical guide, to give surgeons extra confidence, and minimize risk in the operating room.

A 3D printed shoulder replacement model. Photo via Materialise
A 3D printed shoulder replacement model. Photo via Materialise

Encouraging a custom-made approach 

DePuy Synthes and Materialise’s TRUMATCH® solutions are named due to perfect fit achieved by the custom-made approach. Together, the companies have also developed devices maxillofacial applications, and plan to expand the range for more areas of the body.

Wilfried Vancraen, Founder and CEO of Materialise, comments, “3D planning is gaining popularity with orthopaedic surgeons performing shoulder operations,”

“We are proud that this expanded collaboration will empower even more orthopaedic surgeons to discover the benefits of online planning and 3D-printed, patient-specific surgical guides.”

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Featured image shows an x-ray of a healthy shoulder. Photo by A.Prof Frank Gaillard via Radiopaedia