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Medtronic Announces 3D-Printed Platform for Spine-Surgery Implants

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Medtronic plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, has announced the launch of its TiONIC titanium 3D-printed platform to enable more complex designs and integrated surface technologies for spine surgery implants. The announcement was made during the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, earlier this month. The technology creates enhanced surface textures by utilizing a differentiated laser method. Compared with smooth materials, surface texture has been shown to increase osteoconductivity and promote bone response.3D printing allows for more intricate implant designs such as the honeycomb shape on Medtronic's recently launched spinal system.

"Surface advancements, like TiONIC, have emerged as a paradigm shift in interbody fusion implants," says Dr. Colin C. Buchanan, neurosurgeon at the Colorado Brain and Spine Institute, in Aurora, CO. "Implants utilizing newer surface technology can help stimulate a cellular response and gives me greater confidence that the patient will have a successful fusion."

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