3-D titanium printing, customizable implants are the biggest innovation in implant material + 2 other trends from Dr. Kern Singh

Written by Laura Dyrda | March 12, 2018 | Print  |

Here are three quick trends in spinal implant technology from Kern Singh, MD, co-founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush in Chicago.

1. Biggest innovation in spine implant material: 3-D titanium printing with customizable implants that are particularly important for tumor surgery in the pelvis.


2. Where stem cells and biologics are headed: Now the shift has been towards different surface coatings and material properties of the implants that may allow bone in- and on-growth. These newer technologies may obviate the need for biologics.


3. Biggest spine technology trend: Robots, robots and more robots. Almost all are geared toward pedicle screw placement. Newer technologies may not require preoperative imaging.


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