Science never ceases to amaze us. From 3D Bioprinting to regular  3D printing this space is surely making waves in the world. Researchers are constantly reaching new heights on a regular basis. Doctors in India have recently completed the country’s first spinal restoration surgery using 3D printing.

 

A severe case of tuberculosis caused a 32 year old Indian woman to no longer walk. Tuberculosis commonly affects the lungs but it had traveled to her spinal cord during the time her immune system was extremely weakened by the drugs she was given for infertility. Sadly, the disease compromised her first, second and third cervical vertebrae which removed support for her skull and lower spine.

 

The patient, a 32-year-old Indian woman, lost her ability to walk due to a severe case of tuberculosis. The disease commonly affects the lungs, but it traveled to the woman’s spinal cord when her immune system was particularly weakened by drugs she was prescribed for infertility. The tuberculosis compromised her first, second, and third cervical vertebrae, removing support for both her skull and lower spine.

 

The damaged spinal cord resulted in a curved posture, weakness in her limbs, and an involuntarily sliding of the head. If left untreated, her condition would have been essentially a death sentence. However, a team of surgeons at Gurgaon Hospital had an interesting solution.

 

This caused a variety of issues such as curved posture, limb weakness, and sliding of the head. Without treatment this condition would become fatal. Thanks to 3D printing, this woman is now able to continue to live her life.