3D printing, also known as “additive manufacturing”, is a growing industry, specifically in the spinal surgery area. The anatomy of the spine is complex, and the nature of the surrounding structures are extremely delicate. Three-dimensional printing has shown the potential to aid surgical planning and enhance procedural accuracy.
The article linked below is a systematic review of the current literature that is available on the applications of 3D printing in the spine surgery industry. Six electronic databases were used to search for original published studies that reported cases and outcomes of 3D printing models, guides and implants for spinal surgery.
The literature review discusses how 3D printing is currently used in the spine surgery industry including in areas like surgical planning, intra-operative surgical guides, customized prostheses and “off-the-shelf” implants. For the full literature review click here.