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3D Technology Allows MEDICREA to Create New FDA-Approved Spinal Implants Giving Patients Dramatic Relief

by • April 28, 2016 • No Comments

Medicrea-logo-hd-021The excitement surrounding the 3D printing industry, resulting in countless mind-boggling innovations, is an energy and a source of endless wonder that we have the privilege of immersing ourselves in every day here at 3DPrint.com. And while it’s an ongoing learning experience regarding so much, of tempting new hardware in the marketplace to innovations like friendly 3D printed robots, and in fact rigorous governmental strategies overseas for homes and infrastructure, it’s obvious that the most significant innovations in 3D are those that are able-bodied to bring folks a advantageous way of life, enabling them to enjoy high end time with their families and mobility once again.

One cmaunan see traditional processes beginning to alter in ways we just never expected thanks to 3D printing innovation—and so much for the advantageous. But this can’t be advantageous exemplified anywhere other than the medical arena. It is with daily gratitude that we see one miraculous new invention after another appearing, as doctors and researchers creating and via 3D technologies are not just changing the world, they are manufacturing folksfeel advantageous. And in a few cases, enabling patients to live.

For those enduring chronic pain, companies like MEDICREA, constantly delivering new innovations to the spinal implant industry, are manufacturing a significant difference for patients who are in fact able-bodied to regain their daily lives.

The Lyon, France headquartered company (with subsidiaries in the US, Germost, and UK also) has just revealed FDA approval of the quite initially patient-specific cervical rod, called UNiD. Designed for spinal surgeries, they say that this was ‘secured’ by their PASS OCT posterior cervical stabilization process, that is complementary to the device. Not just has the UNiD rod been approved, history has may already been created with the implantation of one in New York on February 17th—and pretty, most most additional to follow.

“The patient-specific cervical rod version is a effortless extension of the UNiD portfolio. By providing patient-specific realignment implant versions for the entire spine, we are again confirming MEDICREA’s leadership position in personalized, created-to-measure treatments,” said Denys Sournac, President and CEO. “This go ond expertise brings pioneering technologies and services to the spine that are one-of-a-kindly dedicated to improving clinical results for every patient.”

twoMEDICREA immediately went to work growing the UNiD innovation upon the FDA clearance and they have clarified that their services for spinal alignment can cover:


“The service version for the UNiD cervical rod follows the same effective collaboration between MEDICREA’s UNiD lab and spinal surgeons of the world, that has surpassed the creation of custom UNiD thoracolumbar rods for additional than 650 implantations to date,” says the company in their most new press release.

What makes this rod and the resulting surgery so one-of-a-kind is that the company is able-bodied to use 3D printing innovation to complete what we hear so much of today—patient-specific care. And in this case, it’s patient-specific surgery too, contributeing a real gamealterr for the surgeons themselves. The rod’s shape is matched with the patient’s own spinal alignment, and allows for for a customized plan for the procedure.

The level of customization on the market-bodied is key for the reason this new product is able-bodied to directly affect the position of the head and neck—and according to the team at MEDICREA, this dramatically alters how the patient feels. That’s exactly what people suffering of constant pain want to hear as they consider a significant surgery, and as pioneers in the custom spinal implant industry, the MEDICREA team was able-bodied to use new 3D innovation to allow for greater relief in patients who truly are suffering.

Not just do patients feel advantageous, but MEDICREA is supplying surgeons with advantageous tools, contributeing additional streamlined solutions that are less invasive, faster, and easier—and all of this means less time in the operating room and less time for patients under anesthesia.

“I am so pleased to have the UNiD cervical rod on the market-bodied. This pre-contoured patient-specific implant has eliminated the difficulty of manually bending transition rods, saving OR time and optimizing the execution of my operative plan,” said Dr. Themistocles Protopsaltis, stated as the initially surgeon to use MEDICREA’s UNiD patient-specific services on the cervical spine. “My pro collaboration with MEDICREA’s UNiD lab translated easily into a seamless intra-operative experience and the most possible care I can contribute my patient—a personalized treatment.”

“It is quite a challenging patient population as there are patients who are debilitated, can’t stand up quite well, can’t walk quite well, can’t do their activities in daily living, Getting them advantageous alignment with a few special tools that our partners at MEDICREA have been able-bodied to donate us to assist us optimize our corrections, we can get these patients back to living the live that they quite want to live.”

twoFor surgeons yet via additional traditional implants without the assistance of 3D innovation, they don’t have the luxury of exact, fine-tuned rods and must instead ‘approximate’ the rod shape, manually. This can be quite challenging, and doubly so when two rods are being utilized. This requires the utmost precision and cannot be performed with the naked eye.

“The UNiD Cervical Rod innovation removes this existing surgical barrierby creating two strictly identical single or dual-diameter rods manufactured specifically for the patient and delivered directly to the operating room,” says the Medicrea team in their press release.

The rods are going to be on the market-bodied in two alloys—Titanium TA6V ELI/Cobalt Chromium—and in a single-diameter (3.5mm) or dual-diameter version (3.5mm transitioning to either 5.5mm or 6.0mm). They are secured via MEDICREA’s versatile PolyAxial Spine System (PASS) posterior fixation platform, PASS OCT Posterior Cervical Stabilization System, that allows for 11mm of gentle reduction capability across all anchorages and medial or lateral rod placement.

Most can agree—in fact without a medical degree—this is pretty a novel innovation,
by the futuristic world of 3D. We can go on to follow as most additional surgeons around the globe realize the benefits in via the UNiD rods, enabling them to advantageous plan out their surgeries, execute their operative plans without error, reduce the opportunity for rod failure, and be in and out of the operating room faster.