The Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute ('IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli') is an Institute that comprises health-care treatment and research. Its high level of healthcare is the result of intense scientific research and the transfer of these research results in the clinical practice. High expertise; organization aimed at integration between research and treatment and the offer of high quality healthcare; innovative technologies in continuous evolution – are the ingredients for Rizzoli’s success in Italy and worldwide.
Rizzoli is a modern hospital, with vanguard operating theaters and comfortably furnished hospital rooms. It is organized in Departments that group wards and healthcare services and research laboratories. The units are specialized in: treatment of degenerative pathologies of the hip and knee; spine pathologies, pathologies of the foot and upper limbs; sports pathologies; tumors of the musculoskeletal system; pediatric orthopaedic pathologies; and diagnosis and treatment of rare skeletal diseases. It hosts the Cell and Musculoskeletal Tissue Bank, which is the regional referral center for the collection, conservation and distribution of cells and tissues.
Over the past decade the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli has exploited and carefully examined the full process for custom-implants to be used for the surgical and orthotic treatments in orthopaedic pathologies. A large number of anatomical areas have been addressed, with successful outcome and very valuable information. The process starts with careful medical imaging, then moves to anatomical and biomechanical modelling, implant design, prototyping and final implantation. This experience is offered for those interested to learn and share.