Aries-L Patient Specific 3D Printed Spinal Device Implanted for the First Time

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On Tuesday, January 8th, Dr. Samuel Joseph, Jr. and Dr. Andrew Moulton of Joseph Spine became the first in the world to implant the 3D printed titanium Aries-L interbody fusion device from Osseus Fusion Systems. The device features a proprietary multi-axis mesh and optimized micro-surface topology that are designed to facilitate fusion, as well as a lattice structure that helps increase the implant’s porosity to 80 percent. This allows for excellent in situ radiovisibility, especially compared to other titanium implants. The Aries-L is designed to aid in faster recovery thanks to its anatomic profile, anti-migrational teeth and streamlined insertion.

“As a surgeon, it’s very exciting to participate in the device development process and see your ideas brought to life so quickly,” said Dr. Joseph, Founder of Joseph Spine. “Today we were able to successfully implement this cutting edge, patient-specific spinal implant that addresses the complex anatomy of the spine and the delicate nature of it surrounding structures.

“Through 3D printing we are able to manufacture spinal implants that are customized to the patient. Meaning the size of their disc, the size of their vertebra, how high  the vertebra may be, as well as the curvature they may have in their back we are trying to create. With this cutting edge technology we can offer our patients implants such as the Aries L Interbody Fusion Device which can be created at a certain height, a certain length, as well as a certain angle, which offers our patients better, customized care, which results in better outcomes for the patients.

“Working with Osseus and utilizing their technology for spinal implants provides us with a great opportunity for superior patient care. Osseus understands that the future of advanced spine care is in the technology of custom implants as well as creating partnerships with doctors to create customized implants that offer:

  • better solutions for our patients with spinal problems,
  • in a way that is more effective,
  • that is less traumatic to the patient’s body,
  • with a minimally invasive technique, which also becomes,
  • more cost effective as it may reduce
  • the amount of biologics necessary to allow for bones to heal

This, in turn allows better outcomes for our patients.”

No details were provided about the patient who received the implant, but it can be expected that he or she will benefit from faster recovery time as well as reduced risk of complications. The Aries-L is only one of Osseus’ novel healthcare technologies, which also include the Black Diamond Pedicle Screw System, a fixation system technology; the White Pearl Preferred Angle Anterior Cervical Plate, a cervical spine fixation device; and the Red Ruby Anchored Cervical Interbody, a revisable cervical interbody system. Osseus was founded to develop solutions for minimally invasive spinal surgery using advanced technology like additive manufacturing.

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