MedShape, Inc. has now received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for what they call their FastForward Bone Tether Plate, a device which uses 3D printing in a medical grade titanium alloy – Ti-6AL-4V – to fabricate human-implantable devices with complex and customizable geometries.
Hallux Valgus deformity, or as it’s more commonly known – a bunion – can be a debilitating foot ailment. It affects 23% of people age 18-65 each year, and it’s both painful and inconvenient to sufferers. To repair it, doctors have in the past had surgical options like fusing the first metatarsal or fusing the metatarsal-cuneiform joint as their most effective treatments. But patients who undergo those procedures face long recovery periods and a list of unpleasant complications.
Now a company called MedShape is using 3D printing and orthopedic device technology which uses what the company calls “proprietary shape memory technology” to give surgeons biomaterial tools which can transform and adapt inside the body. … (read more)