Spinal surgery is a complicated procedure requiring an extensive and costly support network. Anatomics’ SpineBox™ method of pre-planning surgery and of manufacturing customized devices has the potential to realize significant time and cost benefits for the healthcare system. The streamlined procedure and solution not only improve the patient outcomes, they also reduce the risk of infection, as well as the strain on central sterile services departments (CSSD).
The innovative SpineBox™ system from Anatomics
is aligned with our mission to improve
reconstructive surgery outcomes. EOS SLS
technology was the obvious choice to manufacture
the anatomically matched surgical
instruments at the core of the system.
Anatomics has developed an innovative solution called SpineBox™ - a customized kit that uses individual patient CT scan data to create patient-specific devices and pre-plan the selection of spinal fusion hardware. The patient-specific components are produced using 3D printing (3DP) – specifically EOS Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology utilizing the FORMIGA P 110 and PA 2200, a nylon 12 material. The SpineBox™ kit greatly simplifies minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar fusion surgery (MIS TLIF) and can be adapted to support most spinal fusion techniques. Using Computed Tomography (CT) patient scan data together with custom planning software developed by Anatomics, a patient-specific solution involving screws, rods and an intervertebral spacer (fusion cage) is designed for each MIS TLIF surgery. The SpineBox™ kit consists of the following components: A 1:1 scale model of the patient’s spine is 3D printed with EOS SLS technology using PA 2200 and provided to the surgeon and patient to verify the surgical plan pre-operatively. The patient-specific SpineTube™ tissue retractors and anatomically matched positioning templates for surgery are also manufactured from EOS PA 2200 and sterilized. Based on pre-operative measurements, the required titanium implants are pre-selected and packaged with the SLS Nylon 12 instruments and provided as a SpineBox™ kit to the hospital before surgery.