Replacement of the intervertebral disc in the event of wear makes it possible to maintain the mobility of the spine and to end pain. The disc prosthesis is a potential alternative to spinal fusion, which also reduces pain but also reduces mobility. The use of an artificial disc is no longer rare today, but can only be done in certain cases. In general, a disc prosthesis is used when the natural disc is severely damaged by spinal diseases and it comes to pain and impairment in everyday life by lowering the vertebral bodies together.
An artificial intervertebral disc is usually used only when intervertebral disc-related back pain and spinal column disorders continue despite conservative therapies such as physiotherapy and drug-based pain treatment and may even get worse and are associated with paralysis and reduced mobility. A prerequisite for the implantation of an intervertebral disc prosthesis is also that a maximum of three adjacent intervertebral discs are affected by degenerative changes.
By implanting an artificial intervertebral disc on the one hand, the disc-related back pain to be eliminated and on the other hand, the natural mobility of the spine can be obtained.
Depending on the location of the artificial intervertebral disc, a distinction is made between two types of intervertebral disc prostheses. These include the cervical spine cervical disc prosthesis and the lumbar spine lumbar disc prosthesis. In addition, with the semi-constrained and non-constrained artificial discs, two different degrees of coupling are available, depending on the extent of the degenerative changes to the disc.
Each of these types of intervertebral disc prostheses can be individually tailored to the body dimensions of each patient. On the one hand, different sized metal plates and different high sliding cores are available. On the other hand, there are artificial discs with different angles of inclination, which can be adapted to the curvature of the spine region to be supplied.
The insertion of an artificial disc is always done from the front, regardless of whether the cervical or lumbar spine is affected. Typically, an intervention lasts between 90 and 120 minutes, depending on the location of the affected disc and degree of degeneration. Like any surgical procedure, the insertion of an intervertebral disc prosthesis involves some risk. However, one must distinguish here the complications that can arise through the procedure itself and those that are caused by the artificial disc.
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The first 3D-printed spine implant in Germany was used in Görlitz
The operation was without complications. For medicine, however, this is just the beginning: in the future, such implants must be completely tailored to the patient. This is possible when CT scan and 3D printing are combined.
Tools, sculptures and entire houses can nowadays be produced with the 3D printer. A new area that has conquered printing technology is medicine. For some time, hip prostheses have been manufactured in Germany in this way. And in the US, you even dream of a real 3D-printed heart.
But last week there was a new success story from Görlitz Hospital. There, doctors have successfully implanted a spine from the 3D printer for the first time. "The implant we have is not just the first 3D-printed implant, it's the first functional implant," says chief physician Dr. med. Marcus Eif from Görlitz Hospital, who performed the operation. In practical terms, this means that the implant implanted in this way can adapt to the needs of the spine in the patient, thereby aligning the spine even better.
However, the advantages for the chief physician are not there: the implant is shaped so that it has a "very slim silhouette" when penetrating and only unfolds later. Therefore, the surgeon must less strain on the vertebrae and muscles than on a rigid implant. The optimized alignment of the spine also reduces the likelihood that the spine will continue to degenerate and require reoperation.
The operation with the implant was "without any complications," the physician explains. Also the controls after the surgery had shown good results. The desire to carry out such an operation had existed for some time, notes Eif. But only with the CE certification of the implant, it would have been possible. That's why the doctors started using this form of implantation last week and have already treated the third patient, "because it's simply a very good symbiosis for the surgeon and the patient."
Incidentally, the implants would get even better in the future, emphasizes Eif. Then the patient would first be scanned with the CT scanner and the printer programmed with the data obtained, so that "an individual implant at a reasonable price" could arise. Although there are currently various "adjustment options", but the implants would ultimately still "off the shelf".
The implants currently used in Görlitz consist of titanium dust, which is melted point by point with a 3D printer, gradually acquiring the three-dimensional shape of the replacement disc.