Life-like Replicas Let Surgeons Practice Surgery Before Real Operation


Surgeons, medical practitioners and the like are the people not only responsible but also dedicated to improving and keeping our lives far from risk and danger. Although, they don’t hold our life, any medical malpractice may cause any patient to danger or may even take away life.There are many stories of medical malpractice that took the lives of the one we love. That is why, the industry has undergone studies to improve and avoid such circumstance. 


Surgery is a complex procedure. We all know that. The same with surgeons, they also had the same feeling. Not all operations can be understood on a single instance and must be studied with complete skill and detailed execution. Through the technology of 3D printing, surgeons were now able to practice the surgery before going under the knife. Every surgery is crucial and this practice gives them a lot of chances to execute the operation successfully.

Scott Radar, general manager of medical solutions at Stratasys Ltd., explained that surgeons at some of the world’s leading hospitals are now able to quickly pinpoint affected areas on individual patients and practice surgeries on realistic anatomical 3D printed models. He also said that this could minimize the risks associated with delays and complications that may root from the actual operation and in-procedure diagnoses.

On little Mia Gonzalez’ case, she had a structural defect wherein her trachea or esophagus is wrapped by a complete vascular ring. This condition restricts the passage of air and caused her coughing and other respiratory infections. Mia had spent her first four years in and out of the hospital, misdiagnosed with asthma condition and struggling to breathe and swallow.

Little Mia was then brought to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where the hospital created an anatomically precise 3D model of Mia’s heart. Using Stratasys solutions, the hospital lead by Redmond P. Burke, M.D. – Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery were able to figure out the part of the arch that should be divided to achieve the best physiological result. Burke, M.D. had used the most sophisticated imaging systems, echocardiography and CT angiography, to study Mia’s heart.

With the help of 3D printing technology in less than two months time frame, little Mia is now back out of her surgery and back to normal.

Based on the story Stratasys helps a surgeon save more kids by Redmond P. Burke, M.D.