18 October 2016
Personalised medicine using surgical simulation

Preparing for complex interventions with 3D-printed heart valves

A three-dimensional printed copy of a patient-specific heart valve allows heart surgeons at Maastricht UMC+ to meticulously prepare for complex surgery and perform it as efficiently and safely as possible. The artificial heart valve, which is placed in a specially designed simulator, can also be used for training purposes. The Maastricht-based heart surgeons have written an article on the advantages of this special type of personalised medicine in the scientific journal Interactive CardioVasc Thoracic Surgery.