Doctors at the University of Rochester Medical Center are pioneering a new procedure to improve patient outcomes and physician preparation when it comes to complex surgeries.
Dr. Ahmed Ghazi and Dr. Jonathan Stone began their quest four years ago with a question. “So the question we wanted to ask ourselves is how can we improve our ability to do this surgery and also how can we improve patient safety in the process?” said Dr. Ghazi.
Combining Dr. Ghazi’s expertise as a surgeon and Dr. Stone’s passion for innovation, they are changing how surgical medicine is taught and performed. “What happens in the surgery really depends on your skill set and your ability to manage the unexpected in the surgery,” Dr. Ghazi said. “That has been what surgery has been for a very long time. That has not changed to date. We’re changing it.”
Much like pilots do in flight simulators, the doctors are simulating surgical scenarios. The process starts with a basic CT scan, which is converted to a 3-D image and then printed three dimensionally. The results are impressive, but not enough. The next step for doctors is to take what they’ve modeled three dimensionally and turn it into an actual organ that they can touch and rehearse on before they enter the operating room.