Renishaw’s additively manufactured implant technology was recently showcased at the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) conference, at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, UK, in a masterclass led by three surgeons. Cellan Thomas, Saty Bhatia and Shakir Mustafa introduced attendees to the use of Additive Manufacturing technology for oncology and skull base access for patient specific solutions. All three surgeons reportedly use Renishaw’s patient specific implants (PSIs) on a regular basis.
The masterclass included an overview of Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Additive Manufacturing, demonstrating how Additive Manufacturing technology can improve the production and quality of PSIs for multiple applications. The three surgeons focused particularly on the use of additively manufactured PSIs and custom surgical guides for cranioplasty, orbital floor trauma reconstruction, zygomatic osteotomies, secondary trauma treatment and mandibular re-resection with free tissue flap reconstruction.
Thomas, Bhatia, and Mustafa were also joined by Luke Maxwell, a specialist technician working closely with each of their surgical teams. Maxwell explained the entire technical process from implant and guide design to planning for surgery, and demonstrated the importance of guides and close collaboration with surgeons when planning and designing to get the best results for patients.
“The collaboration between Renishaw and experienced surgeons aims to motivate more hospitals to adopt Additive Manufacturing technology to improve patient outcomes,” explained Ed Littlewood, Marketing Manager at Renishaw’s Medical and Dental Products Division. “This masterclass allowed surgeons to learn from professionals with hands-on experience of Renishaw’s technology and see how it has developed to impact this field of surgery through several recent cases.”