Application of customized implants
Porous Patient Specific Implants (PSI) or customized implants are comparable to cortical bone and designed from patient scan data to create a customized, patient-specific solution. 3d printed implants are commonly used as an alternative to bone flaps to fill a defect or void in the cranial skeleton.
Neurosurgeons have a wide selection of cranioplasty products to choose from, including PEEK polymer, PMMA, and titanium. New products are gradually coming to market, but few boast the clinical specifications of customized titanium materials. Many doctors prefer additively manufactured titanium implants because of the material durability and the ease of use in the OR.