by Parminder Deo
A personalized approach pioneered by vascular surgeon and lead researcher, Dr. Gustavo Oderich, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota creates customized stents that are specifically designed for each patient. By using 3-D printing technology, Oderich's team can create an individualized model of the patient's aorta. Using a minimally invasive endoscopic vascular surgical technique, patient recovery times are quicker. “Each anatomy of the patient is different and that's the problem, that’s why we need stents that are actually specific for the patient,” says Oderich. “The 3-D prints are used to rehearse the operation. We can anticipate challenges by practicing the procedure beforehand.” So far doctors at Mayo Clinic have done this personalized procedure on more than 450 patients. They are now training doctors nationally.
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Context: Gustavo Oderich, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic general and vascular surgeon. Dr. Oderich conducts ongoing clinical research focused on complex aortic aneurysms and treatment of mesenteric artery disease. You can read more about his research here.
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