Interdisciplinary approach advances the field of heart surgery.
The tools of scanning technologies to reverse engineer an object or rapid prototyping from a 3D model to create a part are not new to product engineers and designers.
When these same techniques get used to create an implant that results in a new procedure, that’s really interesting.
Here’s the situation:
In 2000, Tal Golesworthy, a process engineer from Tewkesbury, was told that the aortic root in his heart had expanded to 4.8cm and was in danger of splitting. He had two choices; undergo surgery to insert a mechanical valve or risk a sudden and fatal heart attack.
Golesworthy used the tools of his trade to develop his own implant. Now it’s been used in 23 other patients.