Use of 3D Printed Bone Plate in Novel Technique to Surgically Correct Hallux Valgus Deformities

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Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) printing offers many potential advantages in designing and manufacturing plating systems for foot and ankle procedures that involve small, geometrically complex bony anatomy. Here, we describe the design and clinical use of a Ti-6Al-4V extra low interstitial bone plate (FastForward Bone Tether Plate; MedShape, Inc., Atlanta, GA) manufactured through 3D printing processes. The plate protects the second metatarsal when tethering suture tape between the first and second metatarsals and is a part of a new procedure that corrects hallux valgus (bunion) deformities without relying on doing an osteotomy or fusion procedure. The surgical technique and 2 clinical cases describing the use of this procedure with the 3D printed bone plate are presented within.

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