A few weeks ago I created a series of illustrations on the topic of Cardiac Surgery for the Cardiocentro Ticino.
I illustrated several approaches for surgeons to gain access to the heart as well as different repair techniques of the mitral valve. The mini upper sternotomy With this technique, the lower ¾ or half of the breastbone remains intact and stable after the operation, which translates in less postoperative pain, safer movements and very low risk of wound infections
Apart from being a medical and scientific illustrator I also work part-time for a plastic surgeon who has developed his own technique for creating custom implants that look natural. Of course everyone has a different view on what is beautiful but many patients do not think of the fake-look as a desirable outcome of an aesthetic surgery. That is why a natural look is often preferred and custom implants, that are specially designed for the patient's individual body type are the