What is a pediatric heart surgery simulator?
A pediatric heart surgeon will be able to perform heart surgery using a computer simulation based on the procedures in their patients’ hearts.
“The simulation will give you the chance to be in the operating room in a controlled environment and to be part of the patient’s decision making process,” said Dr. Scott W. Schoenfeld, an associate professor of pediatric cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University Health Network.
“I hope this will give us an opportunity to do more cardiac surgery for our patients, because our hearts are very fragile,” he added.
In addition to the simulated surgery, the software will provide a detailed view of the heart, such as its anatomy, its electrical properties and the pathophysiology of its disease.
The software will also help surgeons better understand the risks of cardiac surgery.
The research was conducted with research support from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
“We think this will make it easier to perform cardiac surgery, which is really important,” said W. Daniel Siegel, a cardiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“It’s really important for heart surgeons to know that the computer simulation is really accurate.
I think the technology will make a huge difference for the patients and the doctors,” he said.
Siegel said the research could help the industry better understand what is going on in the hearts of people with heart disease and their patients.
“We are very excited to see this technology being used by our patients to save their lives and hopefully lead to better outcomes for their patients,” he told CBC News.
“There’s a huge gap in the research that we have on heart surgery and the medical literature,” Siegel added.
The researchers also hope to expand their use to other heart diseases.
The simulation can help doctors predict the risk of complications of cardiac procedures and determine which surgery is most appropriate for each patient.
“As an orthopedic surgeon, I am very concerned about the future of surgery and heart surgery in the coming decades,” Sollowitz said.
“But the fact that we can actually do this simulation with our own patients will give me hope that we’ll be able do it in the future.”
A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology in January showed that patients with a heart defect, such the mitral valve prolapse, are more likely to die from their surgery than those without.
The study also showed that people with a congenital heart defect were less likely to have a successful surgery compared to people without the defect.