Method and apparatus for manufacturing an implant

  • US 9,907,659 B2
  • Filed: 02/13/2009
  • Issued: 03/06/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/17/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An orthopedic implant manufacturing method comprising:

  • preparing a pre-operative electronic surgical plan for a specific patient, the electronic surgical plan including a three-dimensional image of a patient'"'"'s joint indicating a resection plane, the electronic surgical plan viewable on an electronic screen;

    communicating the electronic surgical plan in a digital form to a surgeon of the patient;

    receiving approval of the surgical plan and the resection plane by the surgeon;

    providing electronic automated control of removal of an image of an osteophyte for electronic manipulation of the three-dimensional image of the patient'"'"'s joint on the electronic screen;

    receiving a modified three-dimensional image of the patient'"'"'s joint indicating electronic removal of the image of the osteophyte on the modified three-dimensional image of the patient'"'"'s joint in the electronic surgical plan and a recommendation for a corresponding selected orthopedic implant from the surgeon; and

    manufacturing the selected orthopedic implant by transforming an article to correspond to the modified three-dimensional image of the patient'"'"'s joint.

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