Corrective osteotomy in symptomatic clavicular malunion using computer-assisted 3-D planning and patient-specific surgical guides

Open access article Corrective osteotomy in symptomatic clavicular malunion using computer-assisted 3-D planning and patient-specific surgical guides, Grewal, Dobbe, Kloen, J. Orthopaedics (2018) 15(2):438-441


Surgical correction of a symptomatic clavicular malunion requires simultaneous adjustment of the translation as well as the rotation in multiple planes. We describe a corrective osteotomy for a clavicle malunion using 3-D computer assisted preoperative-planning combined with patient-specific surgical guides, along with the benefits and disadvantages of this approach. This method enabled quantifying the malunion by comparing the malunited bone with the normal contralateral clavicle as a template. The postoperative results were encouraging with symmetrical shoulder anatomy and functional improvement. Therefore, we recommend this technique in patients with a symptomatic clavicle malunion, as it allows successful correction of the deformity.

Preoperative alignment planning. A–C: 3D model of the deformed clavicle: Green mirrored contralateral bone Red affected clavicle White planned state. D-E:
Zanca view F: Peroperative view.

Single-use and patient-specific instrumentation can be reliably used in primary total knee arthroplasty


Can a Single-Use and Patient-Specific Instrumentation Be Reliably Used in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty? A Multicenter Controlled Study, by Abane et al. Arthroplasty (2018)


The aim of this controlled multicenter study is to evaluate the clinical and radiologic outcomes of primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA) using single-use fully disposable and patient-specific cutting guides (SU) and compare the results to those obtained with traditional patient-specific cutting guides (PSI) vs conventional instrumentation (CI).

Seventy consecutive patients had their TKA performed using SU. They were compared to 140 historical patients requiring TKA that were randomized to have the procedure performed using PSI vs CI. The primary measure outcome was mechanical axis as measured on a standing long-leg radiograph using the hip-knee-ankle angle. Secondary outcome measures were Knee Society and Oxford knee scores, operative time, need for postoperative transfusion, and length of hospital stay.

The mean hip-knee-ankle value was 179.8° (standard deviation [SD] 3.1°), 179.2° (SD 2.9°), and 178.3° (SD 2.5°) in the CI, PSI and SU groups, respectively (P = .0082). Outliers were identified in 16 of 65 (24.6%), 15 of 67 (22.4%), and 14 of 70 (20.0%) knees in the CI, PSI, and SU group, respectively (P = .81). There was no significant difference in the clinical results (P = .29 and .19, respectively). Operative time, number of unit transfusion, and length of hospital stay were not significantly different between the 3 groups (P = .45, .31, and 0.98, respectively).

The use of an SU in TKA provided similar clinical and radiologic results to those obtained with traditional PSI and CI. The potential economic advantages of single-use instrumentation in primary TKA require further investigation.

total knee arthroplastysingle useinstrumentationpatient specificoutcomes

Level of Evidence
Therapeutic Level II