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Scientists at the University of Bath have developed a 3D-printed implant to help patients suffering from osteoarthritis in their knee. The tailored osteotomy for knee alignment treatment aims to preserve the patient's existing knee joint.

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The technique makes knee operations quicker and safer. The 3D-printed high-tibial osteotomy (HTO) plates realign the knee, improving stability, comfort, and weight-bearing ability.

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David Tarbet, one of the first patients to receive the treatment, described the surgery as "remarkable." After a couple of months of recovery, he was able to ride an indoor bike and complete a competitive bike ride within six months.

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Doctors use X-rays and CT scans to plan the correction needed for each patient. A surgical guide stabilisation plate is generated using a 3D printer and temporarily fitted to the patient's tibia.

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The HTO plates underwent a virtual computer-based trial using CT scan data from 28 patients, demonstrating their safety.

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Further trials are being conducted to compare the technique with traditional knee replacement surgeries.

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The goal is to make the joint-preserving surgery more widely available and accessible to patients.

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