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3D Printing for Preoperative Simulation of Complex Cardiovascular Surgery

3D Printing for Preoperative Simulation of Complex Cardiovascular Surgery

Written by David

June 27, 2020

Last month, doctors in east China’s Nanchang city used 3D printing technology for the first time to assist a complex cardiovascular surgery. Before outlining their final plan, a pre-operative evaluation team at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, in China’s Jiangxi Province, relied on 3D printing to simulate a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery on a high-risk elderly patient with severe aortic valve stenosis.

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Using 3D printing to conduct in vitro experimental simulations they were able to assess the risks related to the surgery. The successful operation led them to acknowledge that 3D printing technology could help other physicians design more personalized treatment solutions for their patients. Aortic valve stenosis is a common clinical heart disease with high morbidity and mortality occurring when the aortic valve of the heart fails to open completely, preventing the normal flow of blood. Once symptoms appear, if surgical treatment is […]

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