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Chirurgia 2002 June;15(3):87-90

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Advantages of laparoendoscopic training in human cadavers

Pavlidis T. E.


Training in advanced laparoendoscopic surgery requires an appropriate model for practice. Embalmed human cadavers have been used in medical education as well as in surgical training. Nowadays, they consist an ideal alternative for laparoscopic application programs. Practical exercises on specially prepared human cadavers (Thiel method) could take place. Complete laparoscopic equipment and instrumentation should be available. A standard trocar placement is used according to the rules of the planned operation. Pneumoperitoneum with CO2 is preferred with stable intra-abdominal pressure at 12-16 mmHg. The advanced laparoendoscopic procedures include Nissen fundoplication, gastric banding and gastric bypass for morbid obesity, colectomy, hernia repair, hysterectomy and other pelvic surgery, and thoracoscopy. The use of embalmed cadavers according to Thiel method in the continuing laparoendoscopic education offers advantages dealing with real conditions and avoidance of live animal model.

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