Collarbone fractures can be dealt with more effectively through patient-specific plates

Customization is the key to modern world approach to problem solving and healthcare industry is one of the best industries where this could prove to be a huge differentiating factor. Orthopedics in particular could benefit a lot from customization and within that  patients with collarbone fractures could benefit immensely through patient-specific plates, a new study has shown.

A new study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research indicates that custom plates developed through computer modeling may be a better option.

Fractures of the clavicle, or collarbone, are fairly common and despite this there has been very low research carried out in the area of current fixation plates. Due to the suboptimal nature of the currently available plates, scientists have shown through data that reoperation rates are as high as 53% in collarbone fractures where fixtures are used.

In the study, the plates, which were designed for the individual patient, showed superior performance in terms of anatomical fit, strength, fracture stability, and fatigue, despite their reduced thickness.

“This study highlights the unique potential of computer modeling–based approaches in the design process of personalized medical implants,” said lead author Sanne Vancleef, of KU Leuven, in Belgium.

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