APPLICATION MEDICAL

Surgeon Uses 3D Printed Cardiac Model from axial3D to Improve Patient Safety

3D printed cardiac model
3D printed cardiac model
Above: The 3D printed cardiac model from axial3D/Image Credit: axial3D

Axial3D, the medical 3D Printing Solutions Company has been a forerunner in offering the medical community with unique 3D printing and modelling solutions. This time the company, through its precision 3D medical modelling has offered a surgeon with a 3D printed cardiac model that helped the surgeon to improve patient safety in a complex surgery that involved fixing multiple congenital heart defects.

No surgery comes without risk, but some procedures naturally carry an increased level of risk than others. Take cardiac surgery as an example, where the complexity of many cases can increase the potential for causing significant harm to the patient. 

However, the incredible advances in cardiac surgery knowledge, techniques, equipment, and skill sets over many years – has allowed surgeons to improve cardiac surgery outcomes for patients. One such advances are the 3D printed medical models from axial3D, which recently allowed a surgeon to improve patient safety in a complex cardiac surgery.

THE CASE

A 53-year-old man presented with complications following a complex surgery to fix multiple congenital heart defects. The complications meant that his heart could not pump blood as it should and his cardiac muscles were forced to work harder than those in a healthy heart – putting him at additional risk.

THE 3D PRINTED CARDIAC MODEL

With patient safety at the core of every decision, his surgeon requested a 3D model of his heart so that he could fully conceptualize the deformity and prepare everything that was required for the surgery. This gave an unprecedented understanding of the specific anatomy for everyone involved in the patient’s care and helped the patient to understand the extent of the deformity.

The surgeon also reported that the models were essential in making sure the team did not dilate stents or crush coronary vessels during the procedure – a real game changer in providing the safest care to the patient.


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