No More Open Heart Surgery?

HK Magazine - - NEWS -

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.

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