3D-printed implant restores woman’s collapsed ankle

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3D-printed implant restores woman’s collapsed ankle

Doctor at Mercy Orthopedic Associates is an early adopter of innovative procedure
Lindsey Mitchell with Mercy Integrated Physical Therapy wraps an ice pack around Sonnin Dahl’s ankle. Dahl recently had the talus bone in her ankle replaced with an implant custom made by a 3D printer. The innovative procedure is expected to allow Dahl to resume skiing and hiking.
Ankle bones that die from lack of blood supply can now be replaced with cobalt-chrome implants custom made for the patient based on CT scans.

3D-printed implant restores woman’s collapsed ankle

Lindsey Mitchell with Mercy Integrated Physical Therapy wraps an ice pack around Sonnin Dahl’s ankle. Dahl recently had the talus bone in her ankle replaced with an implant custom made by a 3D printer. The innovative procedure is expected to allow Dahl to resume skiing and hiking.
Ankle bones that die from lack of blood supply can now be replaced with cobalt-chrome implants custom made for the patient based on CT scans.

3D-printed implant restores woman’s collapsed ankle

Courtesy of Dio Cifuni

An X-ray image shows an implanted cobalt-chrome talus and a plastic piece on the end of the tibia that was put in as part of the surgery.

3D-printed implant restores woman’s collapsed ankle

Bayfield High School teacher Sonnin Dahl had a collapsed ankle bone replaced with a 3D-printed implant made by Additive Orthopaedics.

3D-printed implant restores woman’s collapsed ankle

Bayfield High School teacher Sonnin Dahl had an ankle bone replaced with a metal implant in June. Before she received her implant, her ankle bone collapsed and she had to have an external fixator to keep the joint stable.
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