The first implantation of DePuy Synthes' TRUMATCH Graft Cage in the world has occurred at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. This is reportedly the first cage device to be 3D-printed, and also made of material to be absorbed by the body.
The polycaprolactone-based TruMatch Graft Cage is 3D-printed in 10 days, making it highly customizable to a patient’s body to restore and heal long bone injuries. It supports bone grafts, which act as fillers to aid new bone growth and later absorbs into the body, obviating the need for a second procedure for removal.
The device can:
- Retain morselized bone graft and/or bone graft substitute in its desired location during healing
- Allow nutrient access and bone restoration
- Allow for use with common rigid fixation devices (intramedullary nails, plates/screws, and/or external fixation devices)
“One of the things that is thought to greatly increase the rate at which bone grafting procedures heal is to have a scaffolding,” said Dr. Charles Jordan, orthopedic trauma surgeon at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. “So, this graft cage is really innovative because it is 3D-printed to the patient’s specifications. We’re actually taking the bone defect and making a model that fits inside that defect. But it is also a scaffolding that remains there for the time it needs to be there. And then it gets absorbed by the body.”