3D Systems entered an exclusive distribution partnership with Stryker for VSP® (Virtual Surgical Planning) and anatomical models for the craniomaxillofacial specialty. 3D Systems says this partnership will drive the availability of personalized surgical planning and techniques to healthcare professionals – saving both surgeons and patients hours in the operating room.

Established by 3D Systems, VSP technology received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) market clearance as a service-based approach to personalized surgery that combines expertise in medical imaging, surgical simulation and 3D printing. Surgeons initiate 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.

“Collaborating with surgeons to deliver the best possible patient outcomes is of the utmost importance to our company,” said Kevin McAlea, executive vice president, general manager, metals and healthcare, 3D Systems. “With the advancement of 3D printing, combined with the surgeon’s ability to use our Virtual Surgical Planning and anatomical modeling technologies, a patient’s life can be forever changed. It provides surgeons with the ability 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.”

3D Systems has provided VSP or anatomical services in more than 100,000 cases. Stryker’s Craniomaxillofacial business specializes in providing patient-specific options and innovative solutions that help drive efficiencies in surgical suites. The companies say the combination of Stryker’s specialized sales force with 3D Systems’ 3D printing and patient-specific solutions positions both companies to provide a superior level of service to healthcare professionals who use these revolutionary products.

The agreement between 3D Systems and Stryker is specific to the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. For more information on these services, visit the 3D Systems or Stryker websites.