3D printing applications in spine surgery: an evidence-based assessment toward personalized patient care

Ahmed Habib, Nicolina Jovanovich, Nallammai Muthiah, Ali Alattar, Nima Alan, Nitin Agarwal, Alp Ozpinar, David Kojo Hamilton

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Abstract

Purpose: Spine surgery entails a wide spectrum of complicated pathologies. Over the years, numerous assistive tools have been introduced to the modern neurosurgeon’s armamentarium including neuronavigation and visualization technologies. In this review, we aimed to summarize the available data on 3D printing applications in spine surgery as well as an assessment of the future implications of 3D printing. Methods: We performed a comprehensive review of the literature on 3D printing applications in spine surgery. Results: Over the past decade, 3D printing and additive manufacturing applications, which allow for increased precision and customizability, have gained significant traction, particularly spine surgery. 3D printing applications in spine surgery were initially limited to preoperative visualization, as 3D printing had been primarily used to produce preoperative models of patient-specific deformities or spinal tumors. More recently, 3D printing has been used intraoperatively in the form of 3D customizable implants and personalized screw guides. Conclusions: Despite promising preliminary results, the applications of 3D printing are so recent that the available data regarding these new technologies in spine surgery remains scarce, especially data related to long-term outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1682-1690
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Spine Journal
Volume31
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • 3D
  • Printing
  • Spine

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