Case Studies Cardio Case Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement

3D anatomical model saves time and reduces risk on a rare transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement

Case Study


In preparation for a percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation, or transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement, a 44-year-old woman required a procedure involving the replacement of the pulmonary valve through catheterization via a vein.


The complexity of the planned procedure prompted the surgical team to opt for a 3D anatomical model. This advanced tool provided the precision necessary to navigate the intricacies of transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement effectively. The 3D printed model offered enhanced visibility of the anatomy, enabling the surgical team to optimize communication and refine pre-operative plans. Additionally, the model played a pivotal role in patient communication and consent, empowering the patient to visualize their own anatomy and fully comprehend the surgical objectives.


The utilization of the 3D model resulted in a highly successful procedure, contributing to a time savings of over 120 minutes in surgery and a significant reduction in patient recovery time. The operating physician emphasized the invaluable nature of using a 3D model over a traditional 2D image. The model facilitated a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, allowing the surgical team to mitigate risks through a more detailed and informed surgical plan.

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