A Novel Combination of Printed 3-Dimensional Anatomic Templates and Computer-assisted Surgical Simulation for Virtual Preoperative Planning in Charcot Foot Reconstruction

Nicholas A. Giovinco, S. Patrick Dunn, Leslie Dowling, Clifford Smith, Larry Trowell, John A. Ruch, David G. Armstrong

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Abstract

Charcot foot syndrome (Charcot neuroarthropathy affecting the foot), particularly in its latter stages, may pose a significant technical challenge to the surgeon. Because of the lack of anatomic consistency, preoperative planning with virtual and physical models of the foot could improve the chances of achieving a predictable intraoperative result. In this report, we describe the use of a novel, inexpensive, 3-dimensional template printing technique that can provide, with just a normal printer, multiple "copies" of the foot to be repaired. Although we depict this method as it pertains to repair of the Charcot foot, it could also be used to plan and practice, or revise, 3-dimensional surgical manipulations of other complex foot deformities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-393
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • Diabetes
  • Manufacture
  • Surgery
  • Technology
  • Templating
  • Virtual simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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