AnatomikModeling and the Pulmonology department of Toulouse University Hospital, started a collaboration to find out solutions for patients with complex airways indications, using advanced 3D technologies.
World premiere of a custom-made tracheobronchial stent placement took place in 2016 at Toulouse University Hospital. Followed by 9 more cases included in a Clinical Study to validate the interest of such a personalized medical device.
First results have been published in the most prestigious international pulmonology journal, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (1). Since 2020, AnatomikModeling and Novatech have been cooperating to manufacture and distribute these innovative custom devices in Europe, with the best quality standards.
(1) Guibert N., Didier A., Moreno B., Mhanna L., Brouchet L., Plat G., Hermant C., Mazieres J. Treatment of post transplant complex airway stenosis with a three-dimensional, computer-assisted customized airway stent. – Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2017
Narrowing (or stenosis) of the trachea and/or bronchi leads to breathing difficulties and requires specific management through the implantation of a stent.
Stenosis can occur due to a variety of reasons, such as post-intubation and post-tracheotomy problems, complications after lung transplantation or cancer, diseases of the tracheal tissue ...
Currently, standard airways silicone stents are used for most patients. However, they are not always appropriate, in particular in cases of complex tracheal or bronchial anatomy. Poorly adapted shape can lead to a risk of stent migration, inflammatory reaction and/or perforation.
Customized airways stents, using 3D technologies, are anatomically identical to patients’ trachea and/or bronchi, offering hope to patients for whom standard stents do not fit.
Each stent is unique and fit perfectly each patient’s anatomy, as designed from his CT scan.
These 100% personalized stents are implanted by conventional bronchoscopy with the help of a prosthesis pusher, in the operating room under general anesthesia. Exactly as standard silicone stents.