Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

p. 619-623

Bench surgical training with lyophilized esophageal segments

Sotres-Vega, AvelinaOsorio-Necoechea, María ElbaSalas-Galindo, GabrielaGonzález-Ramón, Soemi CareliGuadarrama-Sánchez, IsabelVillalba-Caloca, JaimeSantibáñez-Salgado, José Alfredo

PURPOSE: To present lyophilized esophageal segments that can be used to learn surgical skills. METHODS: Four esophagus were harvested from four non-esophagus related research dogs at the moment of euthanasia. Each esophagus was trimmed in 3 cm long segments. They were lyophilized and stored during 30 days. The day programmed for surgical skills practice, they were rehydrated. RESULTS: Sixteen segments have been used. After rehydrating, all the segments kept their normal anatomic shape and structural integrity. One incision was made on every esophageal segment and sutured with running stitches of 3-0 polyglactin 910. There were no complications, such as tissue tears, nor esophageal hardening. CONCLUSIONS: The lyophilized esophagus is a high fidelity, practical, reproducible, portable, low-cost bench model. It allows general surgery apprentices to learn how to handle an esophagus, as well as to perfect their surgical and suture abilities before applying them on real patient's esophagus.(AU)

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