"Parents would likely feel better knowing that there is a lot of practice going on before some of these major, complex surgeries."
Such is the pronouncement of a otolaryngologist at Seattle Children's Hospital who has spent the past year training surgeons around the world on a procedure he says "was just never possible before."
slide tracheoplasty, an extremely complex surgery that involves dividing a child's windpipe at a precise location and angle, and can have a higher mortality rate than other open airway procedures, reports KING 5.
Dr. Kaalan Johnson has distributed hundreds of 3D-printed tracheas and trainings to surgeons in Argentina, Fiji, Costa Rica, England, and South Africa, where he recently led the first-ever workshop on the procedure.
"People are learning how to do this procedure that was just never possible before, except to see this picture in a text book," Johnson says.
The hospital's Innovation Lab has produced more than 500 3D-models of the airway, and Johnson plans to travel to more international destinations to continue training teams.
"I think that in most of these cases, international surgeons are put in a situation where giving it a shot is the best alternative within their power to provide for these families who are
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