First Surgeries Completed With Patient-Specific, 3D Printed Implants

LimaCorporate S.p.A., leading global orthopedics manufacturer, and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), consistently ranked number one in orthopedics globally by Newsweek and nationally by U.S. News & World Report in the U.S., today announced a new milestone in their collaboration. The first patient-specific solutions designed and produced at the ProMade Point of Care Center for Complex Orthopedic Solutions at HSS (ProMade PoC) were successfully used in two complex joint reconstruction surgeries.

One case was a hip procedure performed by hip and knee surgeon Robert L. Buly, MD, at HSS in New York City, while the other was a shoulder procedure performed by orthopedic surgeon Patrick Connor, MD, at the OrthoCarolina Center in Charlotte N.C.ADVERTISEMENT

Luigi Ferrari, LimaCorporate CEO, stated, “The successful completion of these first two ProMade surgeries produced at the ProMade PoC Center is a source of pride for LimaCorporate. It demonstrates what can be achieved when our technology and know-how are combined with leading expert surgeons, such as Dr. Buly and Dr. Connor, and the visionary health care institution of HSS. We’re all united by the same goal: to advance patient care and to restore the eMotion of Motion.”

The ProMade PoC Center offers the opportunity for enhanced collaboration between the design and manufacturing engineers and the surgeons to develop patient-specific solutions before being 3D printed in the onsite facility. It reduces by weeks the time to surgery and has become a resource available not only to HSS physicians, but to providers and hospitals throughout the U.S.

“The accessibility of the ProMade PoC Center is greatly beneficial to providers to meet the needs of patients with especially unique cases,” said Dr. Connor. “Such customized solutions may provide a viable opportunity to those individuals who face very limited options for reconstruction and improve the chances for success.”

Dr. Buly added, “3D printing has advantages over conventional machining particularly for the ease with which very complex shapes can be made. It is important for orthopedic implants to match the anatomical requirements of the individual, and I’m thrilled to have addressed my unique case in collaboration with ProMade engineers to develop a patient-specific component and expedite what was once a time-intensive, international production process.”

The center, established through a long-standing strategic relationship between HSS and LimaCorporate, is an FDA-regulated commercial facility located at the HSS main campus in New York City. The aim of this innovative, first of its kind project is to provide faster and more accessible care for U.S. patients requiring personalized and unique complex joint replacement solutions.

“We couldn’t be more excited to see our vision for the ProMade PoC Center realized with these first patient-specific implants,” said Louis A. Shapiro, President and CEO of HSS. “HSS has always been focused on advancing the field of orthopedics, and we’re proud to offer solutions that benefit providers and patients across the country. This center and our ongoing partnership with LimaCorporate represent HSS’ innovative spirit. By sharing our knowledge and creating new levels of access to custom 3D printing capabilities, we hope to continue to empower best-in-class patient care and accelerate the development of new complex musculoskeletal solutions.”

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