This case report describes the management of a chronic and symptomatic clavicle malunion with use of a 3-dimensional (3D)-printed model during the preoperative surgical planning.
The use of 3D printing has many applications in the medical field. Constant improvement in the quality of 3D printing has contributed to its increased use in a variety of surgeries. In our patient, 3D printing was used to generate a surface model of the clavicle fracture malunion and the “mirrored” contralateral healthy clavicle to plan an intraoperative osteotomy, which optimized the relative position of the osteotomy segments and hardware fixation.
1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, California
2San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, California
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