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3D Printed Vertebrae Helps Woman Walk Again

Hindustan Times reports on a miraculous surgery which just took place at a hospital in Gurgaon, India.  “A 32-year-old woman got to walk again after the successful implantation of the country’s first 3D printed artificial vertebrae.”

The woman, who had spinal tuberculosis, is a teacher.  The team of surgeons who helped her walk again was led by Dr. V Anand Naik, who is a Senior Consultant of Spinal Surgery at The Institute of Bone and Joint.  Dr. Naik’s team “replaced the damaged vertebrae with a 3D printed titanium vertebra to bridge the gap between the first and fourth cervical vertebrae.”

The doctors explained: “the surgery took 10 hours as the first, second, and third cervical vertebrae were severely damaged to the extent that there was no skeletal support available between the skull and lower cervical spine.”  Dr. Naik elaborated: “it was a very complex surgery and the patient’s condition was deteriorating by the day.  It would not have been possible to do…without 3D printing technology.”

Dr. Naik’s team “used computer software to plan every detail of the surgery.  The titanium cage was customized according to the patient’s original spine.  The high-resolution CT and MRI scans of the spine were uploaded [to] the software and a dummy of the spine was 3D printed to measure the surgical resection between the first and fourth vertebrae.  Finally, the 3D titanium implant was printed, which was to be placed in the body.  The titanium vertebrae was further tested for biomechanics and stress risers after receiving inputs from the design team in India, Sweden, and the USA.”

Dr. SKS Marya, who is the Chairman for the Institute of Bone and Joint concluded “our team of doctors has introduced a path-breaking solution in a complicated case such as this.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of the Hindustan Times

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