3D Systems Healthcare was founded on the idea that medical imaging studies should not only be used for diagnosis but that they should drive clinical treatment. This principle has propelled development of world-leading surgical planning and clinical transfer tools, which guide how reconstructive surgery is done today. Having had the chance to work with many surgeons around the world on tens of thousands of patient cases has been an incredible privilege. This also gives us a unique perspective on surgical planning and common challenges faced by surgical teams every day. We’ve used that knowledge to further our product line into new and exciting areas, including VSP® (Virtual Surgical Planning) and creation of additively manufactured implant constructs.Read More
LITTLETON, Colorado, October 11, 2016 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the successful spinal surgery of national sled hockey champion Mark Weimer, aided by 3D Systems' proprietary digital manufacturing workflow for healthcare. The complicated 15-hour surgery was performed by Dr. George Frey of Mighty Oak Medical in Englewood, CO, to alleviate pain caused by nerve and spinal cord compression following previous operations. 3D Systems' workflow was central to the success of the procedure, enabling the replication of complex patient anatomy for surgical planning, instrumentation and reference. Read More
ROCK HILL, South Carolina, September 20, 2016 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the launch of Jaw in a Day®, the latest addition to its VSP® (Virtual Surgical Planning) Reconstruction product line. Enabled by 3D Systems’ healthcare expertise and proprietary digital-to-physical workflow, this patient-specific process enables surgeons to perform a full jaw reconstruction in a single surgery. This groundbreaking capability could spare patients from months of costly, painful and disruptive medical treatment. Read More
Hope is intangible, but you know it when you see it. It is now visible in the face of Rachel Uwimana, a 15-year-old Rwandan who suffered from fibrous dysplasia—a bone disorder in which scar-like tissue develops in place of normal bone—that severely disfigured her cranium and the orbital bone surrounding her left eye. Thanks to a combination of human compassion, surgical skills and advanced technologies that include Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP®) and 3D printing from 3D Systems, Rachel now smiles and laughs easily, reactions that were seemingly impossible a couple of years ago. Read More
Watch as surgeons at NYU Langone Medical Center use Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP®) and highly accurate 3D printed models and surgical guides to drastically reduce surgery time.
Over 3D Systems' history, it has played a role in helping surgical teams separate an amazing 25 different sets of conjoined twins. These cases have included craniopagus (joined at the head), ischiopagus (joined at the hip), pygopagus (joined at the hip/spine) and thoracopagus (joined at the chest). Geographically speaking, 3D Systems has assisted teams of surgeons from our first case in Seattle, Washington to Dallas, New York and many places around the world, including Singapore, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Canada and others. Please let us know if you are a surgical team needing modeling assistance, as many of these services have been donated.
Microtia, the underdevelopment of the external ear, occurs in roughly 1:10,000 births and is typically found unilaterally. 3D Systems' novel VSP® Microtia product helps surgeons reconstruct the ear with the patient’s own tissue (called autogenous reconstruction). The planning and templates for these cases give the surgeon better confidence in making the new ear look like the existing ear and facilitate efficiency in surgery. Click here for more information on VSP® Microtia.