3D Systems and Stryker team up to improve surgery using VSP and anatomical models
3D Systems and Stryker will distribute VSP® (Virtual Surgical Planning) and anatomical models for the craniomaxillofacial specialty. Both companies will trigger the availability of personalized surgical planning and techniques to healthcare professionals which will enable surgeons to save time in the operating room.
The provider of 3D products and services was granted FDA clearance for its VSP technology. The technology is a service-based approach to personalized surgery, requiring skills in 3 important areas: medical imaging, surgical simulation and 3D printing. Simply put, the surgeon initiates the process, bringing their clinical knowledge and desired surgical plan to an online web meeting with a 3D Systems biomedical engineer to simulate and plan the surgical procedure. The outcome is a digital plan that is transferred to the operating room via accurate 3D printed patient-specific models, guides and templates.
Kevin McAlea, executive vice president, general manager, metals and healthcare, 3D Systems explained that both the VSP technology and anatomical models enable surgeons to have “a clear 3D visualization of a patient’s anatomy and to develop a customized surgical plan prior to even entering the operating room.”
The strength of Stryker in this collaboration
It must be said that the medical technology company’s craniomaxillofacial business specializes in providing patient-specific options and innovative solutions that help drive efficiencies in surgical suites.
Stryker’s sales force is a true help in providing a superior level of service to healthcare professionals who use these revolutionary products.
“This partnership allows us to better support the rapidly evolving needs of our customers and accelerate innovation in the area of personalized medicine,” stated David Mercado, vice president and general manager, Stryker.
The collaboration of both companies is specific to the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
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