A 3D-printed spinal implant (developed and tested by a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the UMC Utrecht) is a solution for people at risk of paraplegia. This implant seamlessly fits in the body of the patient. This way, the patient profits optimally from the treatment and their quality of life is improved. For the surgeon, the operation is easier because the implant is already the correct size. Besides, the exterior of the implant is made of porous metal, allowing the body’s own bone to fuse with it. This makes a 3D-printed implant a longterm solution, contrary to classic methods such as an implanted rod that can detach, or a strap that screws into the skull to keep the head and back in place.