According to 3DPrint.com, a trade publication for the 3D printing industry, a new technology may improve the patient experience for those who undergo a total hip replacement surgery. This could be good news for many patients, since a total hip replacement procedure in now the second most common elective surgical procedure performed in the United States at around 300,000 procedures performed each year.
This new technology is being developed at McGill University, where researchers are using a 3D printer to create a new type of hip replacement medical device. This new device is designed make the body act as if the hip implant was part of the natural bone, so as not to trigger any type of rejection process. This will also reduce the need for any antirejection drugs. Continue reading