Three-dimensional replica of a life-sized model of aortic arch aneurysm for preoperative assessments.
ABSTRACT In the treatment of extended distal aortic arch aneurysms with open stent grafting, detailed preoperative minute evaluation is essential to determine the optimal operative strategy and reduce the incidence of complications. We describe a three-dimensional replica of a life-sized aortic arch aneurysm model for aiding preoperative assessments.
Life-sized replicas of an aortic arch aneurysm were made for 4 patients who underwent total aortic arch replacement with open stent-grafting. These replicas were used to determine the curve of the CLATE, a newly developed open stent delivery system (Senko Medical Instrument Mfg, Co, Ltd, Tokyo, Japan), and the depth of the open stent grafting. The replica and the CLATE system were also used to obtain informed consent from the patients.
Surgeons could simulate the operative procedure precisely. Insertion of the graft was smooth in all patients. Use of the replica made it easier for the patients to understand the form and site of the aneurysm, as well as the operative procedure.
The combination of the three-dimensional replica and the CLATE system may be useful for both surgeons and patients in the treatment of extended distal aortic arch aneurysms.