Blueprint 3D Planning

Prior to any surgery, surgeons carefully craft a surgical plan to achieve a desired outcome for each patient. Blueprint allows a surgeon to craft a shoulder replacement surgical plan in 3D, providing insight into each patient’s shoulder anatomy and increasing precision of implant placement with 3D printed patient specific instrumentation (PSI)5.

What is Blueprint?

Blueprint is a software program that allows your orthopaedic surgeon to develop a personalized, pre-operative plan and patient specific instrumentation for your shoulder replacement prior to your surgery. Watch a video to learn more.


3D Planning – virtual shoulder replacement

Using your CT scan, Blueprint creates a 3D model of your shoulder, allowing your surgeon to virtually perform your shoulder replacement and determine the surgical plan for you. Your personalized 3D plan is developed in advance of your surgery.

3D Printing – patient specific instrumentation

Once the plan for your surgery has been developed, your surgeon may choose to order a 3D printed guide that is specific to your shoulder anatomy. The guide allows your surgeon to accurately translate the 3D plan to your shoulder in the operating room.5

Why Blueprint?

Studies have shown that using 3D pre-operative planning software like Blueprint and patient-specific instrumentation enables the surgeon to accurately position the glenoid implant and replicate the pre-operative surgical plan compared to standard techniques. 1,2,3,4

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1 Joseph Iannotti, MD, PhD, Justin Baker, PhD, Eric Rodriguez, BS, John Brems, MD, Eric Ricchetti, MD, Mena Mesiha, MD, and Json Bryon, MS. Three-dimensional pre-operative planning and a novel information transfer technology improve glenoid component positioning.

2 Hoenecke HR jr1, Hermida JC, Flores-Hernandez C, D’Lima DD. Accuracy of CT based measurements of glenoid version for total shoulder arthroplasty.

3 Gilles Walch, MD, Peter S. Vereridis, MD, Pascal Boileau, MD, Pierric Derasart, M. Eng, Jean Chaoui, PhD. Three-dimensional planning and use of patient-specific guides improve glenoid component position: an in vitro study.

4 Hendel, et al. Comparison of Patient-Specific Instrumentation with Standard Surgical Instruments in Determining Glenoid Component Position. JBJS 2014; 96:e71(1-8)

55 Gauci M.O, Boileau P, Baba M, Chaoui J, Walch G. Patient-specific glenoid guides provide accuracy and reproducibility in total shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 2016 July; 98-B.