Technology is transforming the field of cardiac surgery. At Henry Ford Innovation Institute, physicians are using 3D printing to model exact replicas of hearts to allow surgeons to explore a patient’s specific anatomy before planning out treatment and surgery based on each person’s individualized needs and risks.
Using the same technology, surgeons are also now capable of printing prosthetic replacement valves, allowing each patient to have surgically implanted a valve that looks and functions just like the diseased valve that is replaced.
Yet, while these artificial valves offer many advantages, one researcher at Cornell University is taking 3D printing to the next level by bio-printing heart valves that are capable of growing with the patient.
Dr. Jonathan Butcher says these 3D printed, bio-valves offer many advantages for the patient and are the future of medicine. … (read more)