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How Three-Dimensional Models Are Changing Spine Surgery

Posted Jan 08 2011 5:55am

Back pain is one of the most debilitating conditions imaginable. When you are in pain it is impossible to focus on your employment, family, home or life. For some patients back surgery is vital for a return to a productive life. It is important that you understand how recent changes in 3-D models for back surgery can improve your chances for recovery.

Today’s neurosurgical professionals and/or spinal surgical professionals have an ability to look, touch and manipulate an accurate 3D model of your spine based on MRI and CT scans. These 3-D models allow the surgeons a chance to practice their delicate procedures before the operation. This gives the surgeon an opportunity to be familiar with your exact anatomical features and gives your back surgery a better chance of being successful.

This 3D model will also help the orthopaedic surgeon explain the procedure to the patients and their families. Using the precise model will help to ensure that the patient understands the procedure and can help visualize the end result.

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For patients orthopaedic surgeries are often the most difficult and painful surgeries and take the longest time to fully heal. Having a three-dimensional model to help the patient understand not only the process of the surgery but the exact movements that their spine, joint or bone will need to heal quickly is of great advantage. comprehending your orthopedic surgery will help you fully accept and be aware of the recovery.

3-D models are revolutionizing spinal surgery and orthopedists praising this technology. Imagine having a spinal surgery that you and your surgeon can actually see what happens before it happens. It is much easier to go into a process knowing the outcomes and being able to see what will happen. The decision to have any surgery should never be taken lightly and the patient should always be aware of the procedure and risks. Sitting in a doctor’s office and having it explained with 3D model will help patient retention of information. Every surgeon wants and needs their patients to be fully informed and any technology that will assist in this information is not only welcomed but a needed advance in the medical community.

ACRM Corp is leading the industry the development and sales of patient specific, Anatomically Correct, 3-D Reference Models , from CT and MRI scans to assist with cranial or back surgeries. Visit their website ( to learn more about how these 3-D models can help your orthopaedic surgeon in their pre-surgical planning.

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