A knowledge-based computer-aided design and manufacturing system (CAD- CAM) has been developed for total hip replacement. Knowledge-based refers to the fact that the design process is a computer program that has been provided with preprogrammed design rules. Compared with conventional CAD-CAM systems, the knowledge-based system is automated, requires less designer intervention, and increases the accuracy of the design process. The capabilities of the system make it ideal for the design of standard and custom total hip replacement. A full-fill, press-fit custom total hip replacement has been designed using the knowledge-based system. The early clinical results of a series of 37 replacements in 31 patients is described in this paper.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine