3D Printed Heart Model Used in Infant Heart Surgery in India

As I’ve learned covering 3D printing in the medical sector, performing heart surgery becomes even more difficult when it involves the life of an infant. Not only are there a lack of physical models dedicated to such surgeries, but even the chest cavity of such a small patient itself is extremely difficult to navigate. 3D printing, then, has often been proposed as an ideal tool for preparing surgeons venturing into such delicate procedures. In India, a 3D printed heart model has been used to perform such an operation for what Sahas Softech LLP claims is the first time.

11-month-old Lavesh Navedkar was revealed to have a complex congenital DORV (Double Outlet Right Ventricle) heart defect when he was brought into doctors for his slow weight gain. The doctors considered two solutions, both involving heart surgery, and opted for that which had greater risk, but would provide a more ideal treatment for Lavesh.Read more

Source: 3dprintingindustry.com

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