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VSP Technology


3D Systems is leading the world with its vision of personalized surgery and has established an industry segment called VSP (Virtual Surgical Planning). This service-based approach to personalized surgery combines expertise in medical imaging, surgical simulation and 3D printing.


With nearly 10 years of experience in VSP (Virtual Surgical Planning), 3D Systems’ un-matched expertise provides surgeons with improved accuracy and surgical outcomes that results in reduced time in the operating room benefiting both patients and surgeons. 

An essential tool for pre-surgical planning and patient-specific models, guides and templates; VSP is a 510(k) cleared service that provides surgeons with clear 3D visualization of a patient’s anatomy to develop a surgical plan prior to entering the operating room. 

Following the online planning session between our biomedical engineers and the surgeon; patient-specific surgical guides, models and instruments are designed and 3D printed for use within the sterile field. Surgeons around the world are seeing the benefits of the 3D visualization that VSP provides.

VSP Process

Common Applications:

  • Orthognathic surgical planning with CAD/CAM intermediate and final splints

  • Mandibular or maxillary reconstruction with free flaps or bone grafts

  • Trauma surgery, including repositioning guides and augmented DICOM data for navigation assistance

  • Distraction osteogenesis planning, including vector positioning and distractor placement

  • Guidance for microtia repair using autogenous materials

  • Jaw in a Day, which facilitates definitive single stage jaw reconstruction from resection to prosthesis placement.

  • Craniofacial reconstruction including procedures related to craniosynostosis and cranial vault distraction.

Blessins Makera's Facial reconstruction surgery

The Challenge


Planning an Operation to Deliver Critical Facial Reconstruction Surgery

Surgeons needed to carefully and precisely plan to restore the upper and lower jaw on the face of Blessing Makera, whose face was destroyed by a grenade pin years before.

The Solution

Virtual Surgical Planning and 3D Prints Help Guide Surgeons to Success

Advance planning, simulation and patient-specific 3D printed surgical guides with 3D Systems Precision Healthcare Solutions and VSP® services helped surgeons carefully choreograph the complex surgery to restore the patient’s face.

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The Challenge


Addressing a Paraplegic's Persistent Spinal Pain


An adaptive athlete, accustomed to nerve and spinal discomfort, started to experience a new level of severe pain in his quad muscles.

The Solution

Surgery Guided by 3D Planning Alleviates Long-Term Spinal Pain


A successful operation by Dr. George Frey combines his award-winning methodology for pedicle screw navigation with 3D imaging and printing technologies pioneered by 3D Systems.

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Surgery Guided by 3D Planning Alleviates Long-Term Spinal Pain
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