On November 25, 2014, Medacta USA, a subsidiary of Medacta International, announced that two U.S. surgeons have completed the first 3D reconstruction and 3D printing technology aided spinal surgeries. The two surgeons performing the surgeries report greater efficiency and more accuracy with these customized 3D printed tools.
There is perhaps nothing more encouraging in the customizable world of 3D printing technology than its medical applications. With the recent announcement of these completed surgeries after the May 2014 FDA approval of Switzerland-based Medacta’s MySpine Patient Matched Technology , both spinal patients and their doctors should feel encouraged. Spinal surgery just got another big boost from 3D printing, and there’s hope both for those suffering from debilitating spinal conditions as well as the surgeons who perform these procedures.
The spinal cord is the main part of the body’s central nervous system. It is important because it conveys signals from the brain to the body’s nerves. In a nutshell, it controls your ability to move. This is precisely why spinal surgery is such a sensitive undertaking. A good spinal surgery can diminish pain and improve mobility, while a bad spinal surgery can increase pain and immobility. Improper spinal care can also lead to paralysis in some severe cases.