Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

p. 405-409

Microsurgical training model with nonliving swine head. Alternative for neurosurgical education

Aurich, Lucas AlvesSilva Junior, Luis Fernando Moura daMonteiro, Felipe Marques do RegoOttoni, Alexandre NascimentoJung, Gustavo SimianoRamina, Ricardo

This paper proposes a practical model of microneurosurgical training using a nonliving swine head. Fresh porcine heads were obtained from butchery and dissected at our Laboratory of Microsurgery. Brain and skull base surgery were trained under microscopic magnification. RESULTS: Several neurosurgical procedures could be simulated in the nonliving pig model, including transcallosal approach to the lateral ventricle, lateral sulcus and middle fossa dissection, and posterior fossa surgery. The swine model perfectly simulates standard microneurosurgical procedures, and is a useful tool for developing and refining surgical skills.(AU)

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