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Short-term findings of a custom-made 3D-printed titanium partial scaphoid prosthesis and scapholunate interosseous ligament reconstruction
  1. Mario Igor Rossello
  1. Hand Surgery Department ‘Renzo Mantero’, Ospedale San Paolo, Savona, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Professor Mario Igor Rossello; info{at}


Following wrist trauma due to a karate accident, an 18-year-old male patient developed non-union of the scaphoid with proximal pole necrosis and significant scapholunate gap from an evident scapholunate interosseous ligament (SLIL) injury. A custom-made 3D-printed titanium implant was used for scaphoid replacement and SLIL reconstruction. Good clinical and radiographic outcomes were observed at his 2-year follow-up. Custom-made 3D-printed titanium implants are thought to provide a surgical solution for patients requiring site-specific scaphoid replacement while allowing the reconstruction of the scapholunate ligament.

  • orthopaedics
  • orthopaedic and trauma surgery

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  • Contributors MIR is the sole author of this case report.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.