There is hope for people suffering from spine related problems. 3D printing technology was used to make a perfect replacement part for the patient. Doctors in India have replaced the woman’s damaged vertebrae with a 3D printed titanium copy. The woman is able to walk again after a bout of disabling spinal tuberculosis. The problem was complex but 3D printing has helped the doctors reach a successful outcome. The patient’s voice and dysphagia has recovered completely and her life was saved.
The 3D printing technology had helped the doctors offer hope to the people suffering from the spine related problems. The 10 hour surgery was the first of its kind with a 3D printed reconstruction vertebrae. 3D printing technique has opened new avenues for any complex reconstruction in spine with less collateral damage.
3D Printed Vertebrae inside the spine of a woman in India | Image Source : theguardian.com
It is the first surgery in India and third in the world using 3D printing technology. A intricate software was used to plan every detail of the operation. The 3D printed titanium implant was finally printed and replaced.
To 3D Print The Spine
3D Printed Vertebra | Image Source : theguardian.com
CT and MRI scans were used make the 3D printed dummy of the spine that was perfectly sized for the patients needs. The design was tested for biomechanics and stress resistance and the final titanium implant was made. The gap between the vertebrae was measured to ensure the final 3D printed vertebrae is of the right size. The implant was inserted between the first and the fourth vertebrae which bridged the gap in the spine. The patient’s health was deteriorating every day and 3D printed technology helped to save the patient’s life. The patient will be able to live a normal life after recovering from the surgery.
3D Printing In India Today
3D printing has brought astonishing advancement to the medical field. The technology is not yet advanced to make 3D printed organs which can be used to transplant. Though it may be feasible in future and the 3D printing technology is changing the industry. 3D printed organs are the ultimate goal in medical field. Pharmaceuticals companies have mover ahead with 3D printed liver and kidney tissues. This was possible due to 3D printing technology. It can be used to make customised human organs and implants.
3D printing technology can be useful in stopping or even reversing paralysis. It allows advanced spinal surgeries and implants. Advancements in 3D printing technology today allow for a perfect copy of human organs. Implants can be made which perfectly match the patient’s anatomy.