Case Studies Congenital heart defects - Cardio case

Improving patient safety in surgery with a 3D printed cardiac model

Case Study

No surgery comes without risk, but some procedures will naturally carry an increased level of risk than others. Take cardiac surgery as an example, where the complexity of many cases can increase the potential for causing significant harm to the patient.

Thankfully, we have seen incredible advances in cardiac surgery knowledge, techniques, equipment, and skill sets over many years - meaning improved cardiac surgery outcomes for patients. In this case, you’ll discover how the team at Axial3D are playing our part.


A 53-year-old man presented with complications following a complex surgery to fix multiple congenital heart defects. The complications meant that his heart could not pump blood as it should and his cardiac muscles were forced to work harder than those in a healthy heart - putting him at additional risk.

Benefits of using the 3D Models

With patient safety at the core of every decision, his surgeon requested a 3D model of his heart so that he could fully conceptualize the deformity and prepare everything that was required for the surgery. This gave an unprecedented understanding of the specific anatomy for everyone involved in the patient’s care and helped the patient to understand the extent of the deformity. The surgeon also reported that the models were essential in making sure the team did not dilate stents or crush coronary vessels during the procedure - a real game changer in providing the safest care to the patient.

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