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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38
Newer frontiers in management of acetabular fractures

Lokmanya Tilak Memorial Medical College & Hospital, Mumbai, India

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Thakkar C J. Newer frontiers in management of acetabular fractures. Indian J Orthop 2002;36:38

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Two new technological innovations will make treatment of complex acetabular fractures easier for surgeons. One is bone model preparation using rapid prototyping and the other is surgical navigation. [1]

Rapid prototyping : Digital data acquired during C.T.scan is fed into a rapid prototyping system, which generates the bone model depicting the pathology. This model is used to plan the surgical strategy. This way the errors during the surgery are minimized. This technology is very useful in cases of complex cases that require reconstruction. This is a cost effective method presently available in our country [Figure 1].

Surgical navigation: This technology uses the principle of global positioning system. There are two variants available. One is C.T.guided and the other is image guided. With use of this system, pin hole surgeries are possible. After reducing the fracture, inter fragmentary screws are inserted, the direction of which is pre defined by the surgeon. The computer helps in correct placement of the implant. At present, they are in experiment stage and the ones that are commercially available are expensive.

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1.Brown GA, Williams MC, Firoozbaksh K, Barmada A, Tessman AL, Montgomery A. Computed tomography image-guided surgery in complex acetabular fractures. Clin Orthop 2000; 370: 219-226.  Back to cited text no. 1    

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