July 17, 2014 AT 12:00 pm

French surgeon performs world’s first spinal fusion surgery using 3D printed spine cages #3DxMedicine #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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French surgeon performs world’s first spinal fusion surgery using 3D printed spine cages, from 3Ders.org:

Dr. Vincent FIERE, M.D. at the Hospital Jean Mermoz in Lyon, France, a center specialized in the diagnosis of severe spinal deformities and their surgical treatment, performed the first operation using UNiD ALIF intersomatic anatomical inter-body device developed by French-based MEDICREA group on May 28, 2014.

The device was developed from a 3-D digital file created from the extraction and treatment of pre-operatory scanner images of the patient, a process developed internally by MEDICREA’s R&D teams. “The company’s design, recording and production methods open the door to the future development of implantable devices that can identically reproduce the elements of the spine that need to be reinforced or replaced by artificial components printed in 3D on implantable polymers or titanium,” ” said the company statement….

“The intersomatic cage, specifically ‘printed’ by MEDICREA for my patient, positioned itself automatically in the natural space between the vertebrae and molded ideally with the spine by joining intimately with the end plates, despite their relative asymmetry and irregularity,” said Dr. FIERE….

Read more about this unique procedure and the single-pass advantages of this route over traditional spinal surgery approaches back at 3Ders.org.

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