3-D Printing Has Come to Orthopedics

Maybe you’ve heard of 3-D printing being used for prosthetics, car parts, shoes, or even food.  Yes, you can make a three-dimensional chocolate masterpiece using a 3-D printer!  Now, these printers are being used to make casts that custom-fit the patient.  Made of a waterproof polymer material, its open lattice design allows much more air circulation than the traditional plaster or fiberglass casts.  Hygiene, skin health, and comfort are all improved by this design.  At a Mayo Clinic in Florida, the injured site is scanned by the printer and a cast is made from the digitalized image in about 90 minutes, which is a longer process than the widely used fiberglass casts.  Currently, they are only seen at major hospitals that can afford the very expensive technology that involves a scanner, design software, and a printer.  It is emerging technology with many applications in healthcare, and these casts will hopefully become more widely available in the near future.

Mayo Clinic Minute: 3D-printed cast makes for a more hygienic recovery – Mayo Clinic News Network

Happy Independence Day from Paragon Orthopedic Center!

Celebrate the freedoms our soldiers fought for you to enjoy: to say what you will on social media, to seek a job that brings you joy, to keep the money you earn, to explore the roads less traveled, to be educated, and to vote for the people crazy enough to run for political offices.  We live in the land of opportunity, so please take a moment to appreciate these privileges that are the glue of our wonderful nation.  Paragon encourages safely observing the day by drinking responsibly and always having water readily at hand if you light fireworks.  We live in a great country, in a gorgeous little corner of this world, and let’s keep it that way.
FUN FACT: The large crack in the Liberty Bell is actually the repair.  They were trying to prevent a small split from spreading further and restore the bell’s tone, but it developed another fissure that resulted in its retirement in 1846.
The Liberty Bell – Independence National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)