Medical Design Briefs - July 2023 - 2

How 3D Printing Could Improve Spinal Surgery
I
don't generally talk about my personal
experiences in my editorial, but a recent
innovation in spinal surgery caught
my attention. In February, I underwent
spinal reconstruction surgery from T8 to
S1, after already having multiple spinal
fusions and implants over the past several
years. I can with confidence say I am very
familiar with the importance of pedicle
screws being placed precisely.
When Mighty Oak Medical, a medical
device company that specializes in creating
and commercializing spinal technologies,
announced a technical partnership
with HP for 3D printed healthcare
applications to improve pedicle screw
placement in spinal procedures, I was
amazed at the level of replicability and
consistency.
Spinal fusions typically involve the use
of pedicle screws to provide extra
strength and support. However, if placed
incorrectly, patients could experience
critical injuries such as damage to the
spinal cord. Mighty Oak says its familiarity
with 3D printing technology resulted
in the FIREFLY complete navigation system
for streamlining the surgeon's workflow
and reducing screw placement time.
Using HP's Jet Fusion 5200 3D printers,
applications currently being manufactured
include Mighty Oak's FIREFLY, a
patient-specific presurgical planning and
navigation platform. The platform's 3D
printed medical models and 3D printed
surgical guides are FDA cleared and CE
marked in what the company says is " trailblazing
a new era of personalized care. "
" It was important for us to maintain
our focus on the spine and develop innovative
solutions that make surgical procedures
safer and more efficient, " says
Heid i Frey, president of Mighty Oak
Medical. " We have always viewed 3D
printed, patient- specific solutions as an
ideal way to achieve those two objectives,
and now, thanks to HP's 3D printing
technology, the healthcare industry is
undergoing a massive transformation in
terms of the solutions, patient experience,
and outcomes that new 3D printed
medical devices can provide. "
Since installing HP's printers directly
onto its factory floor, Mighty Oak Medical
says it is experiencing unprecedented
efficiencies - all while achieving 99.7
percent screw placement accuracy. According
to the company, the personalized
guides eliminate intra-operative radiation
exposure for both surgical staff
and patients and eliminate maintenance
and technician costs. The company adds
that the HP 3D High Reusability PA 12
material enables surgeons to check for
anomalies and gaps as well as read markings
easier in an OR environment.
Such innovation is enough to get anyone
to sit up straight and pay attention.
Sherrie Trigg
Editor and Director of Medical Content
For more information, contact Mighty
Oak at info@mightyoakmedical.com or
visit www.mightyoakmedical.com.
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