Updated: Jun 13
Unleashing the Potential of Distributed Point-of-care Medical Device Manufacturing.
Revolutionizing Surgical Precision and Patient Outcomes
The field of orthognathic surgery has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, thanks to significant advancements in 3D printing technology. This revolutionary technology has made orthognathic surgery safer, more accurate, and more efficient, ultimately improving patient outcomes. In this blog post, we will explore the invaluable role that 3D surgical planning and 3D printing will play in the field in the following years.
One of the key advantages of 3D printing technology in orthognathic surgery is its ability to facilitate precise preoperative planning. Surgeons can now utilize digital planning tools to create accurate models of a patient's skull and jaws. These models enable meticulous evaluation of different treatment options, simulation of surgical maneuvers, and anticipation of potential challenges. By clearly understanding the patient's anatomy before the surgery, surgeons can plan with greater confidence and accuracy.
Another significant benefit of 3D printing in orthognathic surgery is the creation of patient-specific surgical guides and splints. These guides, generated from the digital models, provide precise instructions for bone cutting and repositioning during the procedure.
Surgeons can rely on these guides to ensure surgical accuracy, reduce operating time, and enhance patient safety. By following these personalized guides; surgeons can achieve optimal alignment and positioning of the jaw, leading to improved functional and aesthetic outcomes for the patients.
In addition to aiding surgeons in the planning and execution of orthognathic surgeries, 3D printing also plays a crucial role in patient education. Through the use of 3D-printed models, patients can visualize the proposed surgical plan and gain a better understanding of the procedure and its potential outcomes. This enhanced communication and education empower patients to make informed decisions about their treatment, improving patient satisfaction and compliance.
The potential of 3D printing in the orthognathic field goes beyond individual surgeries. Establishing a distributed point-of-care printing network in the dental and orthognathic industry can bring transformative changes. Enabling the surgeon to digitally plan the cases on a cloud-based platform that connects to the 3D printing manufacturing process, such a network can significantly reduce response times and improve consistency. Such a platform that ensures compliance with current and future quality management systems (QMS) and device regulations is paramount for the continued success of 3D printing in this space.
At TECHFIT Digital Surgery, we understand the challenges that hinder the widespread adoption of 3D printing technology in the orthognathic field. To address these challenges, we have launched our Digitally Integrated Surgical Reconstruction platform (DISRP), a cloud-based surgical planning platform and 3D printing at the point-of-care subscription service.
Our DISRP platform provides surgeons with a step-by-step surgical planning tool. This cloud-based platform allows surgeons to plan the correction of jaw irregularities, improve functional and aesthetic aspects, and achieve optimal results. With our software, surgeons can focus on the clinical aspects of their work while TECHFIT handles the rest. The convenience of our cloud-based platform enables surgeons to access the software from any device, making it user-friendly and accessible.
By integrating 3D printing into the point of care, surgeons can benefit from having surgical guides, splints, and anatomical models manufactured in biocompatible materials, all in-house, within hours of finishing the surgical planning. This ensures the highest quality standards and streamlines the supply chain, reducing waiting times and improving efficiency.
The future of dental and orthognathic care is poised for a transformative revolution with continuous growth and advancements in 3D printing technology. The establishment of distributed point-of-care manufacturing in the dental and orthognathic industry holds immense potential for improving patient outcomes, reducing logistics and inventory costs, and significantly improving practice productivity by reducing provider time required in a solution by up to 80% and cost reductions of up to 60% when compared to outsourced printing or articulator based planning alternatives.
One of the exciting prospects of this network is the opportunity it presents for emerging economies. By making 3D printing technology more accessible and affordable, countries with limited resources can benefit from the latest advancements in orthognathic care. This democratization of technology has the potential to bridge the gap in healthcare disparities and provide quality care to a wider population.
Moreover, the advancements in supply chain management associated with 3D printing at the point of care are significant. By eliminating the need for external suppliers and relying on in-house manufacturing, surgeons can reduce waiting times and ensure the availability of patient-specific surgical guides, splints, and anatomical models. This not only improves surgical precision but also enhances patient safety and satisfaction.
In conclusion, 3D printing technology has revolutionized the field of orthognathic surgery, offering numerous advantages that enhance surgical precision and patient outcomes. Through preoperative planning, patient-specific surgical guides, and improved patient education, 3D printing enables surgeons to achieve optimal results. The establishment of distributed point-of-care printing capabilities in the dental and orthognathic industry holds immense potential for further advancements, democratizing access to care and transforming the future of orthognathic surgery.
As we look ahead, the possibilities for innovation and growth in the orthognathic field are boundless. With 3D printing at the forefront, we can expect even greater advancements in surgical precision, reduced costs, and improved patient experiences. Together, let us embrace the transformative power of 3D printing and unlock the full potential of orthognathic surgery for the benefit of patients worldwide.