When Werner Theodor Otto Forssmann performed the first catherization of the right heart in 1929 through self-experimentation, he surely did not consider
setting the foundation for modern minimally invasive heart surgery.
Its promising field of applications is constantly growing, thanks to extensive research.
In contrast, there is a notable lack of well-trained and experienced heart surgeons for certain procedures, as medical education is risky and expensive.
Cardex offers an innovative solution to secure a safe and target-aimed training.
Many catheter-based procedures on the heart require access to the left atrium. While being still present at birth, this passage closes off in later stages of growth.
To re-establish this connection, a needle of approx. 90cm length is inserted at the groin.
The device is advanced through the inferior vena cava up to the right atrium, to puncture the interatrial septum.
The surgeon has no direct vision but guides the needle using fluoroscopy and echocardiography as imaging technologies.
This whole procedure is called ”Transseptal Puncture Procedure”.
Penetration of the atrial septum in the Fossa Ovalis and
insertion of a Mitraclip® into the mitral valve.