Chinese Cancer Patient Receives 3D Printed Spine

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A Chinese patient has received a 3D printed spine, after a tumor invaded six bones in her spine column.

The 28-year-old female patient had a tumor on her neck, so doctors in China built a consecutive cervical vertebrae, using 3D printing technology.

The doctors said the type of cancer the patient had was hard to treat with chemotherapy, and in order to cure the woman, the whole tumor needed to be removed.

The patient’s new bones measure 14 centimeters long, and they are made out of titanium alloy.

It took the team of doctors three weeks to build the bones, and the operation lasted 13 hours in total. But the patient is now in recovery.

The woman still has trouble moving her head, but she is able to walk.

The successful operation was recently conducted at Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, and it is thought to be the first of its kind.