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When surgeons unite..

After carefully analyzing the various treatment options for this young patient, Dr. Robert Elbaum, Dr. Pierre-Louis Docquier and Dr. Jerry Kieffer opted for PAO surgery.

To help them, 3D-Side designed two guides; a cutting guide and an aligning guide to work with this surgical technique.

The resection guide was placed on the bone and secured with Kirschner wires. The bridges connecting the two parts of the guide were then severed. The surgeons were then able to make the cut along the lines of the guide.

The two parts of the guide were removed, leaving the six proximal wires in place. They were then able to reduce the bone fragments and check their position using the alignment guide. The guide was positioned over the parallel wires.

Finally, the bone was fixed using a method of their choice, and the fixation guide removed.

So much for a brief technical explanation of the role of our guides in this surgery. Great teamwork and collaboration for this young patient, who has been doing very well ever since.


“After gaining the 510(k) in August 2022 for our Ankle Arthroplasty Pre-Operative Planning Software, Customize, we are very proud to announce an agreement with Smith & Nephew and the commercial launch of their platform TOTAL ANKLE Interactive Software.

TOTAL ANKLE Interactive Software is a dedicated web-platform using all the functionalities offered by Customize and compatible with surgical techniques for the CADENCE Total Ankle System and the SALTO TALARIS Total Ankle Prosthesis.

The platform enables physicians to upload CT and X-RAY scans of their patients and receive a 3D pre-operative plan of the reconstruction of the pathological ankles.

Based on the pre-operative planning, the physicians can optimally position and size the talar and tibial components, adjust boney positioning and alignment, and assess impact to anatomical structures or existing hardware.

3D-Side is specialized in customization, both in software and in its cutting guides. Each patient is unique, and each treatment must be adapted to this uniqueness.

Our agreement with Smith+Nephew will enable us to support physicians and patients that will benefit from a customized solution in the treatment of ankle pathologies. Making life better through our solutions is at the heart of everything we do.

3D-Side is excited and ready to help the first patients that will soon be introduced in the TOTAL ANKLE Interactive Software!”

AAOS 2023 is about to open its doors.

The 3D-Side team is ready to meet lots of people, shake hands, and of course welcome you to our booth!

Pre-operative Planning, Patient-specific Guides and Web platform for personalized medical devices, come and discover our innovative solutions! Want to meet? Let us know!

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