Aortic valve replacement: Precise preoperative surgical preparation thanks to a silicone heart -- MEDICA Trade Fair

Aortic valve replacement: Precise preoperative surgical preparation thanks to a silicone heart

Interview with Prof Stephan Ensminger, senior physician at Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart and Diabetes Center NRW

An 80-year-old female patient needs a new aortic valve replacement. Since the old one is severally calcified, the leaflets no longer open properly. Due to various factors, the patient is considered inoperable. Nevertheless, to make surgery possible for her, specialists at the Heart and Diabetes Center NRW in Germany have prepared the intervention based on an exact 3D heart replica.

02/23/2015

Photo: Stephan Ensminger

Prof. Stephan Ensminger; © Armin Kühn/HDZ

Photo: Aortic valve replacement in detail

The new valve is inserted via catheter into the heart. Once in the heart, the valve replacement has to be placed exactly in the area where the calcified valve of the patient is located; © Armin Kühn/HDZ

Photo: Ensminger and Gummert holding a 3D heart replica

Professor Stephan Ensminger and Professor Jan Gummert (director at the Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery) with 3D heart replica; © Armin Kühn/HDZ

Foto: Melanie Günther; Copyright: B. Frommann

© B. Frommann