Three spine surgeons weigh in on what they hope to see in 3D spine instrumentation printing in the near future.
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Issada Thongtrangan, MD. Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgeon at Minimally Invasive Spine (Phoenix): I see the future of 3D printing in complex spine cases, such as a congenital deformity, severe spinal degeneration or destruction of the spine from a tumor. These issues are difficult or impossible to reconstruct with an off-the-shelf implant.