3D Printed New Surgical Tool For Complex Spinal Surgeries:A Technical Note
3 dimensional (3D) printing technology is being used for preoperative evaluation of surgical anatomy and development of medical tools. This technology is thought to improve the surgical success by preoperative simulation of the surgical approach. Unique 3D printed models for every patient appears to decrease the peroperative complications. In this technical note, a novel angle meter tool obtained with 3D printing is proposed. The designing steps and use of this tool are desciribed. With the combined use of 3D printed anatomical model and angle meter, surgical orientation of the surgeon appears to be improved. There were no complications or malpositioned screws on the described patient. Therefore, together with the previous experiences of us on using 3D printed models intraoperatively, these models may be beneficial for decreasing screw malposition and operative duration.