BY Sarah Zizinia

Combining a 3D virtual cutting guide with a surgical navigation tool allowed MD Anderson surgeons to perform a complicated pelvic reconstruction more efficiently while increasing the anatomic accuracy and likely durability of the repair.

In this first such case, the combined technology allowed a more precise fit for an implant crafted from the patient’s fibula.

“When there is a really good fit, the survivorship of the...

A 3D image shows the initial tumor in blue, left, the surgical plan in red, and then the reconstruction with a fibula implant in green at right. Image by Materialise.