The high-tech substitute of traditional plaster casts is now offered to patients in Moscow trauma bays. They are 3D printed orthoses by Zdravprint, a company of TechnoSpark group, member of the RUSNANO Group’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs investment network.
From the beginning of 2020, Zdravprint orthoses have been available in City Hospital №4, and from March, in trauma bay of Traumatology and Orthopedics department of the Vorhoborov City Hospital №67, where up to 100 residents of the Moscow North-Western administrative district receive treatment annually. The patients have two options to choose from: they may apply a plaster cast covered by their statutory health insurance, or pay extra and apply a light orthoses made of biocompatible plastic. In the second case, the professional medical advice is also covered by statutory health insurance in contrast with the fully paid treatment in commercial clinics.
Doctors usually use semi-finished orthoses made by standard 3D-models that we developed. They are fit for 90% of the patients. For complicated cases, we are ready to print individual shapes. Once, for example, we needed to immobilize three fingers in one orthosis.
Alexander Kosarev, Zdravprint CEO
Zdravprint developed a technology that creates an orthosis model automatically using a picture of the injured limb.
The company is intended to expand its cooperation with state-funded clinics that are ready to give their patients a choice between a conventional plaster cast and a 3D-printed orthosis. In addition, the company is ready to give training to the personnel. Semi-finished orthoses have been used for several years by commercial departments of some clinics in Russia and by N.N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center, where the orthoses have been used for oncology patients’ post-surgical recovery. Zdravprint orthoses can be ordered not only by the patients of these clinics but by any person as well. Alexander Kosarev is convinced that the conventional plaster cast will soon no longer be used in traumatology and will be replaced by innovative materials, such as orthoses and, for example, polymeric bandages.
3D printed orthoses have several significant advantages: they are light and not bulky, easy to adjust; made of biocompatible biodegradable polymeric material; its mesh structure ensures air circulation around the skin, excluding itching, allergy, and body sores; they are water-resistant (patients can take shower, go to a swimming pool or the sea) and let the person maintain their mobility. An orthosis can be removed during physiotherapy sessions or sanitary procedures. And finally, they look elegant.