Custom upper limb implants offer an alternative treatment method in cases which normally would be managed by complex limb salvage efforts or more extreme approaches such as amputation. Indications which may be treated using Meshworks’ implants include:
Avascular necrosis is the death of bone tissue caused by insufficient blood supply. The death of bone tissue means that the bone can start to crumble and cause joint collapse. In early stages, certain drugs and exercises may be used to alleviate symptoms. Various surgical procedures may be used to treat avascular necrosis which is more advanced, with custom implants being one such option.
Trauma injuries can result in the fracture of multiple bones which may not heal without intervention. In the most serious cases, amputation may be considered. Custom implants may provide a suitable alternative when standard implants cannot be used.
Bone cancer is a relatively rare form of cancer where tumours (sarcomas) begin to grow in the bone. Bone cancer may be treated using a combination of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumour.
In some cases, implants can become loose, break or cause infection. Revision surgery is then required to replace the implant to reduce pain or stop infection.
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