The development of technology and the use of new materials have significantly influenced medical treatments. The middle-aged Mesa patient, who has suffered multiple bone marrow transplantations, received a new chance to save his leg from amputation by using a 3D printed ankle.
Elliot Munro was suffering from leukemia and had to subject himself to orthopedic surgery several times. At some point, he has lost hope of keeping his leg. Due to cancer treatments, Munro’s organism fights avascular necrosis, which causes his bones to deteriorate. The difficult situation left doctors with no other solution but to amputate his leg.
Despite the ill situation, the new technology saved Munro’s leg. The CT scanner scans patients healthy ankle, and in accordance with the mirrored image, 3D titanium ankle is a replica of his own ankle. According to Munro’s surgeon, J. Holmes in Banner Boswell hospital, less than 50 such operations were performed in the U.S.
Munro was the first person in Arizona to have such orthopedic surgery. According to him, he feels good being able to use both of his legs. The surgeon and the patient are hoping to increase awareness of the possibilities of such treatments in the future.