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Surgery guided by 3D printing

Surgery guided by 3D printing

October 13, 2016

The renderings show custom, patient-specific guides for screw placement that allow the surgeon to safely avoid vital, complex spinal anatomy. In total, 10 guides were manufactured for Mark Weimer's operation, each designed for a specific vertebral body. Once guides are in position, screws can be placed with a high degree of accuracy. The image on the left shows the surgical guides in place on the patient's anatomy, before the hardware was affixed. The image on the right shows the post-operative placement of the spinal hardware. Read More