1st successful 3D printed spinal implant operation conducted in China
A Beijing University hospital is believed to have performed the world’s first successful spinal operation with a 3D printed implant. The spinal substitute is a 3D printed titanium mesh tube implanted to reconstruct the spinal link and support between the patient’s chest and abdomen. Two weeks before the operation, the patient, surnamed Yuan, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his backbone. The only effective treatment was to remove five sections of his backbone and to replace them with a 19-centimetre artificial substitute.