Lowcountry Orthopaedics Performs The First Customized 3D Implant Spinal Surgery in South Carolina
Dr. Christopher Battista, spine surgeon at Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, has become the first spine surgeon in South Carolina to achieve a 3D-printed patient-specific implant procedure. As the first surgeon in the state to complete this procedure, Dr. Battista used a personalized implant to replace a diseased disc that was causing the patient debilitating pain. The new spine implant technology allows surgeons to plan and determine how the implant will fit before surgery and ensure proper alignment with the patient’s anatomy. 3D Printers have been used for decades in prosthetics and joint implants. As this technology advances to better design treatment plans for spine surgeons, the patient can expect improved recovery time and long-term comfort, decreased surgical errors, and reduced surgical revisions. “Three-dimensional printed implants allow me to provide a personalized anatomical fit that improves patient recovery and outcomes,” shares Dr. Battista. “Similar to 3D printed knee implants that provide a more natural feeling knee, 3D printing technology provides a custom implant that mimics the properties of the individual patient’s bone to promote faster healing and long-term comfort.” Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is a premier spine surgery and pain management center located in the greater Charleston, South Carolina, area. Dr. Christopher Battista, a board-certified spine surgeon, is highly skilled in minimally invasive spine procedures to address many back pain conditions. To schedule an appointment, please call 843-797-5050 or book online here.