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3D Printed Titanium Cages: Q & A with Dr. Keith Heier, M.D. – Orthopedic Surgeon

3D Printed Titanium Cages: Q & A with Dr. Keith Heier, M.D. – Orthopedic Surgeon

How Long Has 3D Printing Been Used by Orthopedic Surgeons? 3D printing technology has been available for over 30 years, but has only been used by orthopedic surgeons for the past 8-10 years. How Long Have You Used Them in Your Practice? I have used 3D printed titanium implants in my practice for 4 years. What is The Difference Between a Custom Made and Off The Shelf Titanium Cage? Off-the-shelf titanium cages refer to pre-manufactured 3D printed cages where the patient does not need any type of imaging to create them. Custom-made titanium cages require the patient to have a...

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Orthopedic Treatment

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Orthopedic Treatment

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is an orthopedic condition characterized by numbness or a tingling sensation in the hand and arm. This happens when the median nerve gets compressed or squeezed. The median nerve is one of the main nerves in the hand passing through the carpal tunnel at the wrist. This syndrome occurs when the tunnel gets narrowed or the synovium tissues surrounding the flexor tendons start swelling. Causes:One of the major causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is excessive pressure on the median nerve. This pressure may occur due to swelling or any other condition that makes...

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Shoulder Trauma: Orthopedic Treatment

Shoulder Trauma: Orthopedic Treatment

Shoulder trauma or injuries are a very common occurrence that can occur due to an accident or sudden fall. The shoulder comprises of three bones, namely: scapula, clavicle or humerus. A number of ligaments, tendons and muscles join these bones together. A shoulder trauma can affect any of these structures and lead to immense pain and discomfort. There are various types of shoulder injuries such as fractures, dislocations and soft tissue injuries. Shoulder trauma can cause immense difficulty in moving the arm properly. Causes Strong blow from a fall or road accident Forceful...

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Lisfranc (Midfoot) Fracture: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Lisfranc (Midfoot) Fracture: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Lisfranc (midfoot) injuries occur when the bones in the midfoot are fractured or the supporting ligaments get stretched beyond their capability. A Lisfranc (midfoot) fracture can range from mild to severe depending on the number of bones and joints affected. Any midfoot injury can cause problems in walking as the midfoot helps in providing stability to the arch and maintain the walking gait. The midfoot joint complex comprises of small bones that create an arch on the top of the foot. This joint complex is also known as the Lisfranc joint after the French surgeon Jacques...

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Treatment For Psoriatic Arthritis

Treatment For Psoriatic Arthritis

People who have psoriasis - development of red patches on the skin with a silvery scaly appearance - may also develop arthritis. The combination of these two conditions is referred to as Psoriatic Arthritis. The joint inflammation may develop before the skin is affected, but the presence of Arthritis may be detected much later than Psoriasis. Psoriatic Arthritis may affect any part of the body such as the hands, fingertips, spine, or legs. The condition is a progressive disorder as it tends to flare up at certain times and eventually subside. Although there is no permanent...

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