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LRS Helps Two Patients in Israel - Total Talus

Updated: Aug 16, 2019


Newspaper Article - Total Talus - Israel

LRS Implants Custom Implant Solutions (CiS) designed and manufactured two custom total taluses for the treatment of two trauma cases in Israel. Both cases were performed in order to avoid an arthrodesis (fusion) of the ankle following trauma to the patients. This was the first time such a procedure has been performed in Israel, and 25 orthopaedic surgeons from around the country were present to witness the operation.


The surgery was performed by Dr. Alon Burg (Rabin Medical Centre Orthopaedic Department) and Dr. Graham McCollum (University of Cape Town Orthopaedic Department, Groote Schuur). Dr McCollum traveled to Israel to share his experience of this procedure. Thank you to Matty Medical for assisting with the logistics in Israel.


The total taluses were designed by converting the CT Scan data of both the patient’s ankles to stereolithography (STL) files, and then mirroring the healthy contra-lateral talus. This model was then checked and adjustments made where required. The final taluses were 3D printed out of medical grade titanium (Ti6Al4V) and given a ceramic surface treatment. One talus was fused to the calcaneus.


LRS has 5 years experience of producing total talus replacements. It is indicated for unreconstructible trauma, infiltrative tumours, or post collapse AVN.


Please see the the following link for an article from Israel regarding the surgery:


https://nocamels.com/2019/08/3d-printed-ankle-bone-implants-walk-freely-again/


For more information please visit: LRS Custom Implant Solutions (CiS).



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