Rapidly destructive osteoarthritis (RDO) is a rare condition that can lead to joint degeneration and destruction of the hip in as little as 6 months to 3 years. 

In this case, a 40 year old man suffering with RDO in his right hip was due to undergo a hip replacement surgery, and promptly. Patients with RDO that are placed on waiting lists may suffer from compromised outcomes as the bone deteriorates quickly, and if left too long can make surgery harder and longer and lead to compromised patient outcomes. 

The patient’s medical scans gave a two-dimensional view of his condition, but due to the aggressive nature of the syndrome, his surgeon wanted to be clear of just how badly affected the hip and acetabulum bones had been impacted. A 3D replica of his hip was printed by Axial3D to aid the surgeon as he planned the operation, supporting him to make decisions safely and efficiently. 

Not only did this model give the surgeon critical information and reassurance of his surgical plan, but it was also used to support a more targeted approach to selecting the equipment required for the procedure. 

By pre-selecting equipment the surgical team was able to save valuable time and money in the operating theatre. Crucially, this led to reduced intraoperative risk for the patient as he spent 40 minutes less on the operating table and under anaesthetic than if the surgeon had not used the 3D model in planning this complex hip replacement procedure.