This is the story of Tamara, 34 years old, who wanted to have a baby and managed to make her dream come true despite a delicate heart surgery performed during pregnancy.
Polite and delicate case of cardiac surgery during gestation carried out in Niguarda thanks to the heart that we 3D printed of the patients.
3D printing has become a well-known tool in the medical world, as demonstrated by the growing number of examples of its use. In this event, 3D4Med and Stratasys will show how 3D printing can become a systematic part of clinical-surgical applications with multiple intended uses: surgical planning support, preoperative training and simulation, patient informed consent, and education.
The Urology Department of Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo requested 3D4Med support for the production of two 3D printed models for surgicalplanning and anatomical comprehension. Both clinical cases regard patients referred to Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo for kidney cancer. Patients underwent a kidney tumors' enucleation procedure and the 3D printed models were used to better understand the tumors' positioning and degree of infiltration.
The use of a 3D printed model is very important when choosing the surgical technique and the prosthesis, as it allows a less invasive surgery and the choice of not carrying out the surgery under unfavourable circumstances.
Prof. Enrico Maria Marone
Vascular Surgeon, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia
The 3D printed model allows us to plan the resection and speed up the surgical process, thus reducing the time for general anesthesia and allowing a more precise and symmetrical result to be obtained.
Prof. Marco Benazzo
Chief of Otolaryngology, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia
To hold in my hands the 3D printed pazient’s anatomy, to visualize it and study it from different perspectives, has given me the appropriate tools to analyse cleary the specific anatomical region to operate and plan the best procedure.
Prof. Andrea Pietrabissa
Director of General Surgery II, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia