Case Studies Spina bifida & severe kyphotic deformity - Spine Ortho

Two hours of surgery time saved - spina bifida & severe kyphotic deformity

Case Study
  • Orthopedics

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest teaching NHS foundation trusts in the UK with over 1,800 beds and 14,000 staff.


A patient presented with a neural tube defect in the form of Spina Bifida, and a severe kyphotic deformity, a spinal disorder in which an excessive outward curve of the spine results in an abnormal rounding of the upper back.

The increasing deformity and the inability to sit or lie comfortably, causing huge discomfort for the patient.

"As a clinician, I don’t have the time, or the software to segment the medical images. Knowing the team at axial3D can segment exactly what I need is a huge benefit for me and my team."

- Dr. Andrew Bowey, Consultant Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals.


Having access to the 3D printed model helped with pre-operative planning, as to understanding the possibility of conducting a shortening osteotomy, and the best place to do so. It also gave the team enhanced insight into which pedicles were viable for screw positioning.

Having access to the 3D printed model allowed the clinical team to counsel the patient and their family. It also ensured the list was planned accordingly, which reduced theatre time and blood loss.


  • Increased insight into pathology
  • Reduced time in operating theatre
  • Improved patient consent and communication
  • Improved surgical team communication

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