Aorta replacement through 3D glasses
Use 3D glasses to watch a complex surgical procedure or practise special situations in an operating theatre. During an international conference for vascular surgeons, 2000 experts can try out the newest vascular surgery techniques at the MECC Maastricht conference centre. Prof Michael Jacobs, head of the Maastricht UMC+ Heart + Vascular Centre, worked with Prof Cees Wittens and Dr Jan Tordoir (both from Maastricht UMC+) to organise the 21st European Vascular Course (EVC) this year. The EVC will take place from 5 to 7 March.
The EVC is an annual conference where the latest developments and insights in the field of vascular surgery are presented. Participating surgeons from all over the world come to attend the event in Maastricht for training and education. For example, the experts can take part in a simulation of special situations in an operating theatre. To give visitors an impression of various complex, vascular surgical interventions, a 3D movie has also been specially produced for the occasion.
The 3D images include recordings made during an aortic root reconstruction. This operation is considered to be one of the most complex surgical procedures, in which the part of the aorta is replaced by a plastic one. Jacobs, who performed the surgery himself, wants to insightfully show his colleagues the details of such an operation. ‘Ultimately, the goal is to inspire the younger generation of vascular surgeons to become proficient in complex techniques’, says Jacobs. ‘This 3D film is an excellent tool for this and also contributes to the training goals that attract people to the EVC.’