Salil Jain , Head of Prosthetic and Orthopedics Department of Sancheti Institute of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Pune
The recently introduced 3 D printing technology is doing rounds in the Indian market and is said to be transforming the Indian healthcare scene. India is waking up to the amazing possibilities of customized patient-specific solutions of 3 D printing techniques in the field of orthopedics and prosthetics. Salil Jain, at Sancheti Institute of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, talks about the state of medical 3 D printing technology.
Medical 3 D printing has found a vast application in the healthcare industry, ranging from surgical planning, creating complex tissues, and implants to customized rehabilitation products and solutions (orthosis and prosthesis).
The 3 D Rehabilitation Solution (3DRS) at Sancheti Institute of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation consults with the patient to serve them with a better solution that can be potentially achieved through 3 D printing technology. 3DRS is, therefore, the main consulting wing to our R & D and manufacturing facility in the hospital.
There is a vast area that is being benefited with the use of 3D printing technology, especially in customized braces and splints. At the current stage, we are providing solutions for Clubfoot patients, Scoliosis, Ankle Foot Orthosis, 3 D Printed Insoles, # D printed partial finger, partial hand, prosthesis cover, rehabilitation mobility aids (for CP patients).
Under the expert guidance of senior doctors at Sancheti hospital in Pune, 3 DRS aims in providing customer solutions for patients. There are very few in India, who are using this technology for orthopedics and prosthetics. The application in the field of orthopedics is very less.
When it comes to customized orthopedics and prosthetics, the technology of 3 D printing has found to be very cheap compare to other available technologies. Also, the quality of these prosthetics is very high because of the specifications that it can provide. With this technology, one can save time and money and can also get a quality product.
With the help of this technology, we are able to reduce the challenges that we used to face while using traditional technology. In India, while using this technology the access to software that we have is limited and also not easy. Product-based challenges are less when it comes to this technology but software-based challenges are many.
There are many industrialists who are interested in investing in technology. Even more and more doctors are willing to apply this technology wherever possible. Technology has a lot of potentials. This is the future of customized prosthetics.