Lelio Leoncini of WASPmedical team recounts the 3D Orthopedics
Scoliosis is the black beast of Orthopedics. 3D Printing permits to make great strides to perfect the current method of acquisition and production, offering a better cure for the body dysmorphia.
Lelio Leoncini, Surgeon specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is fully convinced about this and since December 2014 he has been working with a DeltaWASP 40 70 , experimenting orthopedic corsets.
As is known, corsets are the only one way scientifically-proven to cure vertebral dysmorphia. “First of all I looked for an instrument (Rasterstereografia-Formetric 3D) that permits to constantly supervise without X-ray examinations the evolution of scoliosis – says Lelio – This experience made me able to identify the critical points of orthopedic corsets and their effectiveness, and it was an incentive to search for new technological solutions”.
Which advantages we can find using a CAD-CAM System and 3D printing compared with the current method with a plaster cast?
CAD-CAM acquisitions: low costs infrared sensors; simultaneous acquisition of all the torso in half a second with the possibility to make corrections in this phase; possibility to work in the dark; acquisition space reduction; a more accurate system with the possibility to better control corrective actions; modeling in 30 minutes; disposal of plaster cast.
3D Printing: no waste and possibility for recycle corsets; the possibility to post-modeling corsets; low costs; low weight; elimination or reduction of armors; to improve the aesthetic quality.
“Corsets have to be accurate for a good therapy – says Leoncini – It’s indispensable to know the biomechanics of the rachis and corrective principles of the Torso orthoses. The synergy between the Medical Doctor and the Orthopedist is necessary (…) and also the digitalization of the orthopedic workshops”.
Lelio is sure that the medical environment needs always a technology implementation. “I’ve always been interested in technology. (…) Medicine is a science and (…) there is always the possibility to develop. The innovation is the right instrument to cut down barriers and give opportunities to disadvantaged people”.