The application of 3D-printing technology in pelvic bone tumor surgery

Jong Woong Park, Hyun Guy Kang, June Hyuk Kim, Han Soo Kim

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Background: Three-dimensional (3D)-printing technology provides an advanced approach to pelvic bone tumor resection and reconstruction. However, only a few cases of pelvic bone tumor surgery using 3D-printing have been reported due to limited time since the introduction of the new implant. This study introduces pelvic bone tumor surgeries using 3D-printed bone-cutting guides and implants. Methods: This single-center retrospective review included 12 patients who underwent malignant pelvic bone tumor surgeries using a 3D-printed bone-cutting guide and/or implant. Clinical information was collected regarding patient demographics, tumor characteristics, pathologic diagnosis, surgery details, and functional recovery. Results: Type I internal hemipelvectomy was performed using 3D-printed bone-cutting guides for 4 patients that underwent cavitary bone tumor resection of the ilium. For 3 of these 4 patients, cavitary bone defects were filled with structural allobone graft precisely trimmed by the 3D-printed allograft-shaping guide (n = 1) and 3D-printed mesh-style titanium spacer (n = 2). For type II and III areas, one and two patients, respectively, underwent 3D-printing-assisted surgery. Five patients underwent type I, II, and III pelvic resection using 3D-printed cutting guides and reconstruction with 3D-printed implants. In all patients, independent gait was recovered except for a patient who underwent hindquarter amputation 4 months postoperatively because of local recurrence. Conclusions: This study provides preliminary, short-term data on the efficacy and safety of pelvic bone tumor surgery using 3D-printing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-283
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2021

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