No More Open Heart Surgery?
Surgeons at Queen Elizabeth Hospital have become the first to successfully replace two damaged heart valves via blood vessels in a four-hour, minimally-invasive operation. Conventional open heart surgery requires cutting open the chest, whereas the new method only requires opening a small hole in the body. To practise the procedure, the team 3D-printed a model of the patient’s heart. Their patient, a 77-year-old woman, had previously undergone three open heart operations, which can take months to recover from. With the new procedure, she was discharged from hospital after one week. Our take: We <3 these guys.