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World-first implantation of 3D-printed vertebrae takes place in Australia

Ralph Mobbs, a neurosurgeon from the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia, has replaced two cancerous vertebrae with 3D-printed implants, according to a report from the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC). The world-first surgery took approximately 15 hours, and involved the separation and re-attachment of the patient’s skull from his spinal tissue.

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