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Sunday February 28, 2016

3D-Printed Vertebrae Implanted In World-First Surgery

Medical professionals hope that this is just the beginning, as the capability of manufacturing bones, joints, and organs would be "the holy grail of medicine."

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To make the part, Mobbs worked with an Australian medical device company named Anatomics. In addition to constructing the titanium implant, the company also printed the doctor a number of models of the patient's exact anatomy so he was able to practice the surgery before walking into the operating theatre. While surgeons have been using 3D-printed implants for a number of years, Mobbs believes the surgery is a world first for these particular vertebrae in the neck.