Transforming parental education in pediatric spine surgery with 3D modeling
Even as a surgeon, 2D medical scans of a patient’s anatomy can be difficult to understand and interpret when forming a diagnosis or devising a pre-operative plan.
In educating a patient about the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a surgical plan, these scans are the only patient-specific tools available, making the process of gaining informed consent in pediatric spine surgery extremely challenging.
Even more difficult is patient education in very complex and high risk cases, for example, surgery on spinal deformities, such as scoliosis, kyphosis, and spondylolysis, in young children. To add fuel to the fire, it is the parents of the child and not the patient that must permit the surgery. These parents are already consumed with the stress and anxiety of looking after a young child who is unwell, and the health and safety of their child is of paramount importance to them. Therefore, it is crucial for them to be provided with information in an easily digestible manner to fully understand the proposed surgery plan for their child.
Have you ever struggled helping parents to understand what they are seeing in their child’s CT scan and how it relates to your proposed surgical plan?
Do you wish you had a more effective educational tool at your disposal that would put the parents’ mind at ease and ensure patient conversion? This may very well be the answer you are looking for.
The use of 3D printed models of a patient’s anatomy has been shown to increase patient understanding of a surgical procedure. A 3D printed model of the child’s spine, derived from its CT scan, can transform parents’ understanding of their child’s spinal deformity and the proposed surgical plan. It provides surgeons with a powerful visualization tool for educating the parents and through holding and touching the models, parents can truly solidify their understanding and make a fully informed decision about the surgery. 3D printed models can truly revolutionize parental education and informed consent for pediatric spinal surgeries, where parents have the responsibility of making life-altering decisions for their vulnerable children.
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A comparison of 2D medical images VS a 3D model of the spine of a 14-year-old boy who has suffered from scoliosis all of his life.[/caption]
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