Every physician is familiar with the scenario. The surgery has been mapped out, you’re confident in your approach but the parents are unsure whether to consent because the case is complex and the procedure is hard for them to understand. They are desperate not to make the wrong decision.
The delay is frustrating for the physician, stressful for the parents and, most distressingly, it leaves a child in pain.
The reason that physicians sometimes struggle to explain their surgical plan in a way that parents will understand is that the only patient-specific tools they have at their disposal are 2D medical scans of the child’s anatomy which can be difficult to understand, even for physicians. Using them to educate parents about the risks, benefits, and alternatives of an operation is often challenging, to say the least.
To add fuel to the fire, these parents are already consumed with the stress and anxiety of looking after a young child who is unwell. The health and safety of their child is of paramount importance to them and, like all parents, they want to do what’s best for their child. Therefore, it is crucial for them to be provided with information in an easily digestible manner so that they fully understand the proposed surgery plan.
3D models vastly improve understanding
A much more effective tool for describing a surgical plan is a 3D model derived from a CT scan. Using this powerful visualization tool, the physician can take the parents inside the child’s anatomy and clearly explain what the procedure involves.
Through holding and physically exploring the model, parents can solidify their understanding and make a fully informed decision about the surgery.
Where parents have the responsibility of making life-altering decisions for their vulnerable children, it’s essential that they are given the very best chance of fully understanding the planned surgical procedure.
3D models increase patient conversion
Improving patient conversion rates is a goal for all hospitals, primarily because it leads to better patient outcomes. But it also impacts on the efficiency of the hospital and on its vital revenue streams that enable it to continue to deliver world-class healthcare.
The use of 3D printed models of a patient’s anatomy has been shown to have a positive effect on patient conversion. In one survey, patients in 98% of cases felt that the 3D model greatly improved their understanding of the proposed surgery.
Try it for free
Experience for yourself how 3D modeling can revolutionize parental education. As a valued reader, we’d like to offer you a free 3D anatomical model for one of your upcoming pediatric pelvic surgery cases. You’ll see at first-hand how it supports pre-operative planning and enables a clearer and more easily understood explanation of surgical procedures making gaining consent quicker and less stressful for parents.