On 8 January 2019, Dr. Samuel Joseph, Jr., assisted by Dr. Andrew Moulton of Joseph Spine became the first medical equip in the world to use Osseus Fusion Systems‘ revolutionary 3D Printed Aries Titanium Spinal Implant. The device was cleared by FDA just last August.
The Aries-L interbody fusion device features a proprietary multi-axis mesh and optimized micro-surface topology, both of which are designed to facilitate fusion. The product’s lattice helps increase the implant’s porosity to 80%, which provides unparalleled in-situ radio-visibility compared with other titanium implants. The implant’s anatomic profile, anti-migrational teeth, and streamlined insertion promote reduced recovery time by helping increase procedural efficiencies. A proprietary multi-axis mesh is designed to facilitate bone fusion throughout the implant.
“As a surgeon, it’s very exciting to participate in the device development process and see your ideas brought to life so quickly,” commented Dr. Joseph, founder of Joseph Spine. “Today we were able to successfully implement this cutting edge, patient-specific spinal implant that addresses the complex anatomy of the spine and the delicate nature of its surrounding structures.”
Orthopedic implants are by far the primary medical application for additive manufacturing technologies, with titanium standing out as a key material in the road toward fully personalized medicine. The benefits in terms of better health and better quality of life are particularly evident in this type of implants, indicating that this could become the first segment to fully adopt additive manufacturing for production. AM Hardware manufacturing companies like Arcam (now GE Additive) have reported printing over 100,000 hip cups implants to date, however spinal and knee implants (along with CMF) are also rapidly evolving segments, especially in terms oif increased personalization possibilities.
“Through 3D printing we are able to manufacture spinal implants that are customized to the patient”, stated Dr. Joseph, “Meaning the size of their disc, the size of their vertebra, how high the vertebra may be, as well as the curvature they may have in their back we are trying to create. With this cutting edge technology, we can offer our patients implants such as the Aries L Interbody Fusion Device which can be created at a certain height, a certain length, as well as a certain angle, which offers our patients better, customized care, which results in better outcomes for the patients.”
Joseph Spine is an advanced center for spine, scoliosis and minimally invasive surgery. Founded by Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, a fellowship trained, board certified orthopedic surgeon. His practice includes the specialized, conservative, and surgical care of patients. Treatment includes therapeutic injections, disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive techniques, and complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Dr. Joseph is also among a select group of surgeons to offer cutting-edge regenerative injection therapy (Stem Cell Therapy).
“Working with Osseus and utilizing their technology for spinal implants provides us with a great opportunity for superior patient care. Osseus understands that the future of advanced spine care is in the technology of custom implants as well as creating partnerships with doctors to create customized implants that offer: better solutions for our patients with spinal problems, in a way that is more effective and less traumatic to the patient’s body. This minimally invasive technique also becomes more cost-effective as it may reduce the amount of biologics necessary to allow for bones to heal. This, in turn, allows better outcomes for our patients.” stated Dr. Joseph.
Osseus Fusion Systems is a medical device firm focused on unique, novel and new technology products, including: the Black Diamond Pedicle Screw System (PSS) – a trailblazing fixation system technology, White Pearl Preferred Angle Anterior Cervical Plate (ACP) – a cervical spine fixation device, and Red Ruby Anchored Cervical Interbody (ACI) – a revisable cervical Interbody system.
“I’m grateful for the invitation from Dr. Sam Joseph to join he and Dr. Andrew Moulton, of Joseph Spine, as they implanted the first 3D printed Aries-L lateral interbodies earlier this week. As our research showed in the development process, the visibility through the implant under fluoroscopy was excellent and we are very confident it will assist surgeons in verifying fusions postoperatively. This was a company defining day for Osseus and our appreciation for great surgeons like Drs. Joseph and Moulton cannot be overstated,” commented Robert Pace, CFO at Osseus Fusion Systems.