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LRS CiS - Custom Calcaneus Replacement

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

LRS, together with Prof. Keith Hosking (Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town), designed and manufactured a custom implant for a patient with a tumour of the calcaneus.

The implant was designed using the patient's CT scan, from which the left healthy calcaneus was mirrored. The implant was then 3D printed in Ti6Al4V with a trabecular mesh to ensure osseo-integration with the remaining calcaneus. A plate was designed for reattachment of the Achilles Tendon. Surgical models and cutting guides were provided to ensure correct margins and alignment of the implant.

From CT Scan to implantation took 2 weeks - a testament to our in-house capabilities as well as those of our industry partners. The patient is now 3 months post-op and doing well.

Please contact us if you have any limb salvage requirements that we can assist you with.

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