Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are proposing a new surgical intervention for children born with a single ventricle in their heart – instead of the usual two. The new approach would potentially reduce the number of surgeries the patients have to undergo in the first six months of life from two to just one. If successful, it would also create a more stable circuit for blood to flow from the heart to the lungs and the rest of the body within the first days and months of life.
A computer simulation showing how a clipped shunt would connect an artery off the aorta to the superior vena cava.
Credit: University of California – San Diego