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Simulation in vascular surgery: 3D training for catheterisation

Dr. Mariano Ferreira

Clínica La Sagrada Familia - Buenos Aires, Argentina


Increased understanding of anatomy

Practice and simulation of surgical planning

Detection of critical situations

Training of young surgeons

Clinical case

A 65-year-old patient is diagnosed with an aneurysm in the abdominal aortic artery, whose size was approximately 5.1 cm in diameter, according to the tomography study.

3D anatomical model

SLA Technology

Material: flexible resin

Resolution: 0.02 mm

Finish: Translucent

Surgical plan and results in operating room

The treatment of the abdominal aortic aneurysm consisted in the placement of an endovascular prosthesis. For this purpose, Dr. Ferreira requested the creation of a three-dimensional model to carry out the treatment on it.

The biomodel was taken to the haemodynamics room and underwent surgery. This allowed for the placement of guidewires and the necessary cannulation. Consequently, it was simple and clear to detect the critical moments of the surgical procedure.

Simulation is a relevant activity as it provides a way to learn procedures within a controlled environment, providing protection and increased safety for patients.

In addition, the model allowed the residents to observe the proper techniques and manoeuvres necessary for the treatment of the pathology with subsequent manipulation and testing of the pathology.

"3D printing has proved useful in the training of surgeons because it allows detailed reproduction of different parts of the body and the disease related to those areas", says Dr Mariano Ferreira, a specialist in haemodynamic procedures.


You may be interested in: "Abdominal aortic aneurysm: From 3D to customised stent". A clinical case by Dr. Ferreira, explaining how to create a 3D model for vascular treatments and its important role in the creation of customised stents.

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