Even after so much of advancement in the healthcare Industry today, minimally invasive mitral valve replacements are still rare because of its complexity. Almost 60 percent of patients suffer from mitral valve diseases, which pose a huge problem. To address this issue and revamp mitral valves implantations, clinicians in Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, are leveraging innovative techniques like 3D printing that can replace open surgery.
Mitral transplant requires moreplanning and perfection to position it accurately in a way that it suits the patient's anatomy. "The left outflow tract obstruction is one of the common complexities that surgeons face during the implant," says Dr. Dee Dee Wang, cardiologist, Director of Structural Heart Imaging at Henry Ford Hospital and Medical Director of 3D Printing at Henry Ford Innovation Institute.
The open mitral valve procedure comes with a major advantage of allowing surgeons to place models of valves into the anatomy to analyze the results, which is impossible in a minimally invasive procedure. On the other hand, high-quality 3D print duplicates this process which makes it easy to comprehend the anatomy and positioning challenges without extending into the ventricle outflow tract.
The printed 3D models have the needful depth that enables the cardiologist to have a clear understanding of locating it. The models are also within one-millimeter accuracy of the patient's heart, which is noteworthy.