Taking customization to a new level — Medicrea manufactures spinal rods for individual patients

Spinal Tech

Every person's spine is unique. Lyon, France-based Medicrea understands an individual's spine requires customized implants, and clinical sagittal alignment outcomes directly correlate to a patient's set of spino-pelvic parameters.

Medicrea developed UNiD patient-specific rods to offer patients treatment plans built just for them. The name, UNiD, even fits the mission, derived from the words "unique" and "identity."


Here's how the UNiD Lab Services works.


A surgeon develops a surgical plan and shares it with Medicrea's UNiD Lab in order to evaluate if the said plan allows the patient to match his or her sagittal code. The surgeon then interacts closely with the UNiD Lab to evaluate his or her plan and fine tune the surgical steps if required until he or she reaches the intended outcome.


"The ultimate goal of all that is to get the best positive results for the patients and get rid of human error in surgery," says David Ryan, VP of Marketing and Product development, Medicrea. This human error often results from surgeons manually bending straight rods in the operating room. Instead, Medicrea industrially produces the rods.


"We're working on making sure the surgeon and patient population is aware of the technology and how it can improve the outcomes," says Mr. Ryan. "Patients understand the interest of having a product that is designed just for [them]."


The process is intended to cut down operation room time by 20 minutes to 30 minutes and offer surgeons enhanced customized products. With positive outcomes, hospital readmission rates will likely drop.


"We're moving forward and our goal is to cover the whole spine and enhance and offer more services to the surgeon," says Mr. Ryan.


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