Surgery Dissector: Surgical Device Production With 3D Print Technology
Three dimensional (3D) print technology usage is becoming more popular in medicine and surgical sciences. There is a couple of study about using 3D print technology for surgical device production and neurosurgery in the literature. In order to adjust dissector measurements to use during the surgical operation, from patient’s CT and MRS outputs, spinal canal diameters, nerve root attached foramen diameters and disc gap wideness of the patient were measured. With these measurements, surgery dissector modelling was done by using Solidworks 3D CAD program in Dokuz Eylul University, Department of Biomechanics. Polylacticacid (PLA) filament was used in the devices during print process. In our study, surgical dissectors’ sterilization was done with vapor in 1200C and used in an operation for lumbar narrow canal diagnosed patient whose measurements were checked before the surgery. There isn’t any intraoperative complication observed during 3D printed surgery dissector usage. Although it seems that single using 3D printed surgery dissector is a disadvantage, it costs cheaper than existing surgery dissectors. In this article, we share our experiment about surgery’s one of the most important device named “surgery dissector” production with 3D print technology and it’s usage.