3D Printing Helps to Implant Risky Transcatheter Mitral Valves

Transcatheter aortic valve implantations are now routine at a number of high-end hospitals around the world. Minimally invasive mitral valve replacements, on the other hand, are a lot more difficult and prone to post-op complications, and so are still a rarity. Yet, 60% of patients over 75 have mitral valve disease, and it’s an even bigger problem than aortic valves. We visited the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit to learn about an innovative program where clinicians use 3D printing and computer simulations to help install replacement mitral valves without having to resort to open surgery. Read more about this HERE.