Baptist Health Orthopedic Care First to use Innovative Device to Treat Long Bone Injuries
MIAMI – September 9, 2020 – Dr. Charles Jordan, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Baptist Health Orthopedic Care, part of Baptist Health, is the first in the world to implant a new-to-the market, 3-D printed Graft Cage to heal long bone injuries. Long bone injuries often result from traumatic impacts, such as bad car accidents. The TruMatch Graft Cage is 3-D printed in just 10 days, making it highly customizable to a patient’s body to restore and heal long bone injuries. It works by supporting bone grafts, which act as fillers to aid new bone growth and later absorbs into the body, meaning no follow-up procedure is required.
“One of the things that is thought to greatly increase the rate at which bone grafting procedures heal is to have a scaffolding,” said Dr. Charles Jordan, orthopedic trauma surgeon at Baptist Health Orthopedic Care. “So, this graft cage is really innovative because it is 3-D printed to the patient’s specifications. We’re actually taking the bone defect and making a model that fits inside that defect. But it is also a scaffolding that remains there for the time it needs to be there. And then it gets absorbed by the body.”
Dr. Jordan added: “This device is kind of like the missing link to the puzzle for these sorts of procedures. We’re changing the way that we treat these injuries. Previously, there was often just a piece missing to fully heal and restore long bone injuries. This is the piece.”
In addition to Dr. Jordan being the first surgeon in the world to implant the Graft Cage, according to Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of the Graft Cage, this is also the first cage implant device to be 3-D printed. Also, while there have been other types of “cages” used for similar procedures, none contain the material to be safely absorbed by the body.
About Baptist Health Orthopedic Care
Baptist Health Orthopedic Care offers comprehensive services for athletes and non-athletes – from physical and cognitive evaluation to rehabilitation and surgical reconstruction. The Institute is the sports medicine provider for the Miami Dolphins, Miami HEAT, Florida Panthers, Florida International University athletics, Orange Bowl, Miami Open Tennis, Miami Marathon and Half Marathon and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Baptist Health Orthopedic Care is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.