Spinal Surgery Devices get Reinvented with Modern Tech


Published Date : Mar 30, 2016

Spinal surgery has been one of the most commonly performed ones in orthopedics. There are quite a few reasons for that, ranging from the modern sedentary lifestyle which leads to bad posture, to the increasing percentage of the geriatric citizens. Regardless of the reason, spine surgery involves the healing of the vertebrae, which is done by joining and curing them. One of the better parts of undergoing a spine surgery is that the bone tissue that is to be supplemented can originate from the patient. This makes it a lot easier in comparison to other surgeries that need donors. There are, however, a few cases where the bone tissue has to be taken from another donor. The entire process is known in the medical field as an osteoblastic process.

Causes of Spinal Injury
Most common locations for performing any kind of spinal surgery include the lumbar, the thoracic vertebrae, or the cervical vertebrae. The most common need for a spine surgery is a lowered amount of lubricating fluid present between each vertebra. The lower amount of fluid causes the bones to rub against each other and cause frictional stress, ultimately leading to fractures.

New Tech Introduced in Spine Injury Devices Market
Surgical robots are some of the prime contenders in the research and development department when it comes to providing the most efficient and accurate surgical solutions. Robotically guided spinal surgeries provide the benefits of making a surgery that is the least intrusive, can be done with the smallest of incisions, and the wounds bleed lesser. All this allows for a much faster recovery rate and therefore reduces the time a patient spends in the hospital after a surgery. This can be beneficial for both the patient as well as the medical institution in terms of cost-efficiency.

In another example, doctors in China have successfully performed spinal surgery using medical devices that were created using a 3D printer. The device that was 3D printed was used to find out the depth and the angle at which the incisions can be made, thereby increasing the accuracy of the surgical procedure.