• Supported better visualization of the severe knee fracture for planning a reconstructive surgery
  • Transformed patient understanding during informed consent process 

Providing informative explanations to patients during their preoperative engagements is both invaluable in helping the patient to understand their situation and the procedure they face and is a legal requirement for clinicians around the world. Traditionally these conversations are held using pamphlets alongside the patient’s 2D scans. However, given that surgeons themselves can find interpreting 2D medical scans of a patient’s anatomy difficult, in many cases, the reality is that the patient does not fully understand what they are being told and therefore they cant have sufficient understanding to make a fully informed decision on consent. Not only does this not meet the required standard of care, it also creates real legal exposure for the hospitals and surgical teams.

In this case, a 61-year-old man presented with a severe knee fracture. His surgeon requested a 3D model to support better visualization of the fracture while planning a reconstruction surgery, and crucially, to help him explain the plan to the patient and get his fully informed consent.

More and more surgeons are finding that our 3D models can transform patient understanding by being able to see and touch the problem that they’re going to have surgery for during these conversations.