Doctores at China’s Peking University Third Hospital have conducted the world’s first surgery to remove five vertebrae in a patient with malignant tumors of the spinal cord and replace them with 3D-printed implants. Thus, they became the first surgeons in the world to replace a large segment of the spine.
The patient, identified as Mr Yuan, suffered from hordomy through which he had to undergo the removal of 19 cm of the spine, including vertebrae 10, 11 and 12 and lumbar vertebrae 1 and 2. Removal of the vertebrae was the only chance of saving his life.
On June 12 2016 in the orthopedic department of the Peking University Third Hospital, professor and surgeon Liu Zhongjun and colleagues conducted the world’s first surgery to implant thoracolumbar 3D-printed implants to a length of 19 cm.
Surgeons fully replaced five vertebrae in the the patient. They implanted artificial vertebrae between adjacent intact vertebral bodies in order to provide sufficient support for the spine.
“This 3D-printing technology has allowed us to create artificial vertebrae that are, in form and length, similar to the five sections that were to be removed,” Professor Zhongjun said.
The si-hour operation took place without any complications. The patient lost some blood, but his vital parameters were stable. He was immediately transferred from the operating theater to a general ward. Currently, the patient is recovering and has good prospects.
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