PARM 3D Prostheses for Everyone in Need

3D Printed Prostheses for Everyone in Need

Kreza Geovien G. Ligaya, MD

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (DRM) of the University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), together with Instalimb Inc. and Japan International Cooperation System, held a series of lectures on the potentials of a 3D-printed lower extremity prosthesis for amputees at the Museum of History of Ideas at the University of the Philippines Manila last January 29, 2019. The event was graced by the presence of Dr. Carmencita Padilla, UP Manila Chancellor, and was attended by representatives from different organizations and institutions, including the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Dr. Josephine Bundoc, head of the Prosthetics and Orthotics Section of the DRM of UP-PGH, talked about the demands and dilemma that the amputees and the physiatrists face in providing for and procuring of prosthesis. Traditional prosthesis takes up much time (approximately 52 hours and 15 minutes) and money to make while a 3Dprinted prosthesis takes up just approximately 18 hours and 35 minutes to fabricate at a lower price. Dr. Paul Matthew Jiao, a Prosthetics and Orthotics Fellow graduate of the Philippine General Hospital, talked about Instalimb 3D printed prostheses in clinical practice.

He showed, thru his recently completed research, how reliable a 3D printed lower limb prosthesis is for daily use by amputees. Mr. Yutaka Tokushima, the CEO of the Instalimb Inc., enlightened the attendees of this innovative product both for business and healthcare provision. The program ended with Mr. Alex Agustin, a below-knee amputee, sharing his experience with his use of the 3D-printed lower limb prosthesis. According to him, this prosthesis is better than his traditional prosthesis because it is lightweight. The socket also fits well to his residual limb which makes it better for him since he is able to wear tight fitting pants again without fear of people noticing that he has a prosthetic leg.

Speakers and Organizers (from left to right): Dr. Paul Matthew Jiao (P&O Fellow), Mr. Alex Agustin, Dr. Carmencita Padilla (UPM Chancellor), Dr. Josephine Bundoc (P&O Section Head), Mr. Yutaka Tokushima (CEO, Instalimb Inc.), Mr. Kato Yuta (Japan International Cooperation System representative), and Japanese representative of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)