“We’re in the middle of a revolution in orthopaedics with the adoption of additive manufacturing"

We’re in the middle of a revolution in orthopaedics with the adoption of additive manufacturing (3D printing) methods to produce hip, knee and spine implants. The clinical rationale is clear: enhanced bony fixation and the ability to fully customise an implant to a patient. With all new devices, independent analysis and understanding of how they perform in patients is essential. Our implant science research at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital is helping to achieve this.