How a 3-D-Printed Heart Replica Helped Plan a Double Switch Procedure (Video)

Rerouting the intracardiac anatomy demands a 3-D-printed perspective

Three-dimensional (3-D) printing increasingly makes surgical repair possible for complex cases of congenital heart disease that would otherwise not be treatable.

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In this short captioned video, Cleveland Clinic’s Chair of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, Hani Najm, MD, showcases the 3-D-printed heart replica of a 10-year-old with a failed Fontan circuit to illustrate how this technology enabled the visualization needed to facilitate rerouting of the intracardiac anatomy into two functioning ventricles.