Surgeon Seeks Industry Insights on Additive Manufacturing

Posted in Research to Reality | Aug 2016


Orthopaedic device manufacturers continue investments in additive manufacturing, as demonstrated by product launches and new partnerships. For instance, Johnson & Johnson, parent company of DePuy Synthes, has announced its collaboration with HP on 3D printing technologies, and Stryker Spine launched the 3D-printed Tritanium® Posterior Lumbar Cage at the 2016 American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting.

But, what do surgeons actually think about the technology?

Nirav Shah, M.D., a sports medicine surgeon at Parkview Orthopaedic Group in Palos Heights, Illinois, shared his view on additive manufacturing during a presentation at OMTEC® 2016. Shah serves as a consultant to Northwestern University’s TEAM lab, which is developing additively-manufactured tissue inks and biological tissue. He also uses additive manufacturing software for pre-operative planning.

Shah believes that additive manufacturing leads to less waste and serves a critical role in treating complex cases or deformities with patient-specific implants. He also thinks that there is room in orthopaedics to print tissue or develop the actual materials to regenerate tissue.



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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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