Shanda Blackmon, M.D., M.P.H., professor of surgery and thoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, shares a case presentation on hybrid Pancoast tumor resection.
3D printing is becoming more widely used in medicine, particularly in preparing for complex cases. The technology facilitates multidisciplinary preoperative surgical planning, assists in the navigation of complex or obscured anatomical relationships, and allows surgeons to rehearse surgical approaches on models prior to taking the patient to the operating room.
This technique may enhance a more rapid progression to more advanced surgery by allowing surgeons to practice and think about their cases with life-sized models that are a virtual simulation of the case they have to plan. The model proved to be invaluable in this novel, first-reported, hybrid minimally invasive approach to a large superior sulcus tumor.