Navigation Links
New tool for helping pediatric heart surgery
Date:11/23/2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 18, 2009 -- A team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Stanford University has developed a way to simulate blood flow on the computer to optimize surgical designs. It is the basis of a new tool that may help surgeons plan for a life-saving operation called the "Fontan" surgery, which is performed on babies born with severe congenital heart defects.

The researchers will present their work next week at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society's (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics will take place from November 22-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Babies who get this surgery have a developmental disease where one of the chambers -- or ventricles -- of the heart fails to grow properly. This leaves their hearts unable to properly circulate blood through their lungs and starves their bodies of oxygen. The lack of oxygen turns their skin blue, a condition sometimes referred to as "blue baby syndrome" for that reason.

The Fontan surgery is one of three surgeries performed immediately after birth to replumb the circulation of children born missing their left ventricles. The operation essentially connects the veins that would normally bring blood into the right side of the heart with the pulmonary arteries. The aim is to redirect the blood flow so that it becomes properly oxygenated, allowing the patient to survive with only one functional pumping chamber. Before the advent of this type of surgery in the early 1970's, these sorts of heart conditions were uniformly fatal.

There are still risks, including exercise intolerance, blood clot formation, and eventual heart failure requiring transplantation. Doctors mitigate this risk by carefully planning the surgery, starting with images of a baby's heart and then sketching out their plans. UCSD's Alison Marsden has been working with surgeons at Rady Children's Hospital and Stanford University to develop a new computational tool to assist in this process. In addition, Dr. Marsden and cardiologist Jeff Feinstein have developed a new Y-graft design for the Fontan surgery that is expected to be put into clinical use within a few months.

"Our ultimate goal is to optimize surgeries that are tailored for individual patients so that we don't have to rely on a "one-size fits all" solution," says Marsden.

The tool first uses imaging data to construct a model of an individual baby's heart and then allows doctors to input their surgical designs. The computer can then systematically explore different potential designs using powerful optimization algorithms, similar to those used in the aerospace industry for aircraft design. It then applies fluid dynamics to simulate the blood flow after reconstruction. This way, says Marsden, surgeons can test their plans and evaluate blood flow patterns before operating.

The talk " Analysis of Alternative Polling Strategies for Derivative-Free Optimization of the Fontan Surgery" by Weiguang Yang, Jeffrey Feinstein, and Alison Marsden is at 12:06 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2009.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jason Bardi
jbardi@aip.org
301-209-3091
American Institute of Physics
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Promoting healthy skepticism in the news: Helping journalists get it right
2. Calling Indie Musicians… WANDUTA Launches—New Online Resource Dedicated To Helping Independent Musicians
3. Researchers focus on helping dying patients take care of unfinished business
4. GettingHired.com Recognizes First Year Anniversary, Renews Commitment to Helping Lead the Effort to Reduce Employment Participation Gap for People with Disabilities
5. MinuteClinic Celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week and Recognizes Role of Practitioners in Helping To Close Primary Care Gap
6. Informed Consent Goes Mobile Helping Patients and Clinicians Cut Confusion and Paperwork
7. Dogs Helping to Advance Cancer Research
8. Laser Spine Institute Helping Patients with Debilitating Back Pain at New Medical Consultation Facilities in Beverly Hills and Fort Lauderdale
9. Plastic Surgeon in Orlando, Florida Helping New Moms Enhance their Figures after Pregnancy with a Mommy Makeover
10. Women fare better than men with metastatic colorectal cancer -- are hormones helping?
11. Free Webinar on Helping Hospitals Control Healthcare-Associated Infections by Improving Hand Hygiene
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) is pleased to ... MD, began his term as president in March, succeeding John J. Callaghan, MD, who ... president-elect. Richard F. Kyle, MD, will serve as chair, corporate development, succeeding Thomas P. ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... 31, 2016 , ... Phynd Technologies, Inc. announced recently the signing of three ... and Shore Medical Center – Somers Point, NJ. The new clients range in bed ... the breadth of Phynd’s solution and its interoperability. , Houston Methodist is a leading ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... 2016 , ... In a recent interview on The Greenburgh Report radio show ... WVOX (1460 AM), leading medical insurance advocate Adria Goldman Gross discussed several ... money maelstrom.” , During the interview with Mr. Feiner that aired on May ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... Scotch Plains, NJ (PRWEB) , ... May 31, 2016 , ... ... University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in the class of 1986, where ... family and cosmetic dentistry at his current location in Livingston since 1989. He has ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... To meet ... to the healthcare industry, The University of Scranton is adding a Certificate in ... to a career in rapidly growing field of healthcare information. , Healthcare ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... GERMANTOWN, Maryland , May 25, 2016 ... bedient dringenden Bedarf zur ... QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN ; Frankfurt ... und Entwicklungsvereinbarung mit Therawis Diagnostics GmbH zur Entwicklung ... zu sein. Ein erstes Projekt wird die Entwicklung ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... 2016  Zymo Research Corp. announced today the ... materials that help researchers obtain the most accurate ... The rapid growth of the study of microbiomes ... standard methods to improve the reproducibility and quality ... at every step of the measurement process including ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... YORK , May 25, 2016 ... Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to ... Syringe, Insulin Pump and Others)" published by P&S Market ... at $9,998.3 million in 2015, and it is expected ... Based on type, the insulin pump segment is expected ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: