3D Printing Applications in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Megan R. Hsu, Meraaj S. Haleem, Wellington Hsu*

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Abstract

3D printing (3DP) technology continues to gain popularity among medical specialties as a useful tool to improve patient care. The field of spine surgery is one discipline that has utilized this; however, information regarding the use of 3DP in minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is limited. 3D printing is currently being utilized in spine surgery to create biomodels, hardware templates and guides, and implants. Minimally invasive spine surgeons have begun to adopt 3DP technology, specifically with the use of biomodeling to optimize preoperative planning. Factors limiting widespread adoption of 3DP include increased time, cost, and the limited range of diagnoses in which 3DP has thus far been utilized. 3DP technology has become a valuable tool utilized by spine surgeons, and there are limitless directions in which this technology can be applied to minimally invasive spine surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4760769
JournalMinimally Invasive Surgery
Volume2018
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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