It’s a jigsaw puzzle in your hip. That’s how Deepak Shivaratre describes 3D printed hip implants. The chief of orthopaedic oncology at Bengaluru-based HOSMAT Joint Replacement Centre, Shivaratre knows a thing or two about 3D printed implants, having done 10 hip replacement surgeries—all of them involving 3D printed hip implants.
Shivaratre’s tryst with 3D printed implants began back in 2008, during an almost 15-year-long stint with the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (RLUH) in the United Kingdom.
Post J&J fiasco, India’s 3D printed implants are still market misfits
Highly customisable, shorter surgery-time, and a minimal risk of infection. The West has wholeheartedly embraced 3D printed implants for these very reasons—the global market was worth $1.12 billion in 2018. But India is still hesitant
The Indian implant market is dominated by overseas manufacturers, with medical devices major Johnson & Johnson leading the pack
The failure of Johnson & Johnson's DePuy hip implants should have created a vacuum for 3D printed variants in India. But traditional implants still rule the roost
3D printed implants are prohibitively expensive in the country, as much as 3X more than traditional implants, and the lack of government regulations in this space is not helping
Manufacturers, however, are quietly confident that an inflexion point is just around the corner