The shape of custom made titanium plates is defined during the preoperative planning, then the perfectly matched shape to patient’s anatomical structures is obtained during the production stage. 3d printed bone plates can be used in any case of bone fixations, in particular to reconstruct bones with complex 3D geometry, like pelvis or mandible.
In comparison to standard plates, custom made titanium plates have many benefits:
• Lack of internal stresses, which may occur as the result from the formation of standard plates in the operating room
• Better shape matching
• Individual screw placement which allows to avoid nerves, blood vessels or other structures damage
• Shorter operation time due to no need for plate formation during surgery
• Possibility to be used with surgical guides.