4 things to know about 3D printing in MIS

Surface Technology

Minimally invasive spine surgeons adopted 3D-printing technology by using biomodeling to optimize preoperative planning, according to an article in Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Here are four things to know:

1. Spine surgeons are currently using 3D printing to create biomodels, implants, hardware templates and guides.

2. Implants produced with 3D-printing technology promote superior fit and osteoinductivity, which facilitates minimal disruption, according to the authors.

3. MIS surgeons can use 3D-printed surgical guides to improve hardware placement specificity and accuracy.

4. Factors limiting widespread adoption of 3D-printing technology include cost, time and the relatively limited range of diagnoses to which the technology has been applied.

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