We provided 3D printed ankle bones to Roger Walton a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Alder Hey. Alder Hey have one of the largest sequences of tri-planar ankle fracture data sets and Roger was keen to explore the use of 3D printing to examine the break in a manner other than on a 2D screen.
Roger ran a series of workshops and tutorials on the treatment of complex tri-planar ankle fractures. For these learning sessions, we separated the model along the fracture line so that the participating clinicians could see the exactly topography of the break and understand how it could be treated. The results of the workshops were incredibly positive with clinicians confirming that the models improved their understanding of the issues. As well as the much improved ability to describe the 3D configuration of the break for teaching purposes Roger has said that he believes the use of a 3D model could improve pre-operative planning and produce novel operative strategies for new cases.