Human vertebrae printed on a 3D printer, robotic surgeons and completely domestic medicines – in the medical research and education cluster of St. Petersburg they talked about revolutionary developments that will bring the quality of Russian medicine to a whole new level. And many of them help save patients now.

Technologies that until recently seemed impossible were seen by Alexey Poltoranin.

Excruciating back pain and because of this sleepless nights for Denis from Murmansk are now definitely in the past. Instead of a damaged vertebra in his back, a cage, the so-called titanium implant.

A few years later, Denis could become disabled and be left without a job, but he was lucky – doctors from the Vreden Center in St. Petersburg performed a successful operation, and an exact copy of his fifth vertebra was printed on a 3D printer at the North-West Nanocenter. Until recently, implants had to be imported from the EU, China and America.

“The production time for such products, compared to foreign counterparts that require logistics, is only two weeks”– Olga Voblaya, director of the startup of the North-West Nanocenter, announced the benefits.

So far, such “spare parts for people” are produced on individual orders, this is an exclusive work, taking into account all the characteristics of the patient, but mass production is also planned at the nanocenter.

Cages have already passed preclinical trials and will soon be available to surgeons. They are very much expected, for example, in the Center. Almazov in Petersburg. It is already customary for the specialists of the center to introduce the latest developments into medical practice. They were the first in Russia to test robotic complexes in practice and put such operations on stream.

Doctors are now operating on a man from the Arkhangelsk region. In just 13 years, the Almazov Center has performed 2,500 successful surgeries, including for patients from abroad.

The scalpel is handed to the robotic surgeon in the same way – assistants, the rest is the work of the attending physician, who has a clear 3D picture before his eyes: by pressing the joystick, he sews up tissues, switches instruments with pedals.