Man Receives First 3D Printed Neck Vertebrae Implant

3dprinttitaniumimplant-768x432As 3D printing technology continues to take the medical field by storm, 3D printed implants fit for human use have risen into prominence. From functional ear replacements to spinal implant parts, researchers are finding that 3D printing can potentially help mend almost any part of the human body. Now, it appears that tumors are next on the 3D printing hit-list; Australian neurosurgeon Dr. Ralph Mobbs has used this emerging technology to help treat a patient with an extremely hard-to-reach neck tumor. Mobbs, who works at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, was faced with an incredibly risky operation that most surgeons would not dare to attempt, for the location and reconstruction of the tumorous vertebrae was quite a difficult operation.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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