Local Surgeon Successful in Florida’s first ever Custom 3-D Printed Ankle Replacement
St Petersburg, FL – On Thursday, January 18, 2018 Alexander Orthopaedic Associates (AOA) foot & ankle surgeon, Dr. Adam Perler performed the state’s first ever successful custom 3D printed partial (talus) ankle replacement. His patient, a healthy 36-year old woman, was living with severe and debilitating pain in her ankle following an injury that occurred at her job almost two years ago. The injury, which was initially diagnosed as a simple ankle sprain, caused significant damage to the cartilage on the talus located on the inner aspect of her ankle. Despite two prior surgical repair attempts to address it with an ankle scope and microfracture (traditional treatment of a defect in the cartilage) there was no improvement to the area leading to progressive posttraumatic arthritis of that part of the ankle.