“Thanks to the ability to handle a 3-D model of a patient’s heart, we’re now able to do intracardiac repairs in cases of complex congenital heart disease that we couldn’t even contemplate before,” says Hani Najm, MD, Chair of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.
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Dr. Najm proves his point in this one-minute captioned video in which he demonstrates how the 3-D-printed heart replica he’s holding confirmed the feasibility of an extracardiac Fontan procedure in a 5-year-old born with total anomalous pulmonary venous return and a univentricular heart who underwent pulmonary vein stenting and a sutureless repair of the pulmonary veins.