Complications or incorrect placement of implants require revision scoliosis surgery, which is even more tricky than the original procedure, as the first implant must be removed and replaced. Because the spine will likely have adjusted slightly thanks to the first implants, it can be even more difficult to determine the proper angles at which to place the screws – and if a screw is incorrectly placed, it can even damage the spinal cord and nerve.
Anatomiz3D, also based in Mumbai, is the healthcare division of tech company Sahas Softech, and their expertise in the creation of 3D printed surgical models has already improved or saved the lives of many. Three days before the 10-year-old girl was scheduled for surgery, the Lilavati team approached Anatomiz3D with the patient’s CT scan. Using Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite 19, Firoza Kothari and Devarsh Vyas of Anatomiz3D identified the laminar defects and pedicles where the implants would need to be placed, then carefully designed and 3D printed the drilling guides that the surgical team would need to insert new, properly placed implants.