Microsurgical training using reusable human vessels from discarded tissues in lymph node dissection

Naohiro Ishii, Tomoki Kiuchi, Tomito Oji, Kazuo Kishi

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Abstract

The use of human vessels at the beginning of microsurgery training is highly recommended. But vessels with the appropriate length for training are not often obtained. Whether these vessels may be reused for training has not been reported. Accordingly, we harvested vessels from discarded tissues in lymph node dissection and demonstrated that vascular anastomosis training using the same human vessels several times is possible by placing the vessels in a freezer and defrosting them with hot water. Vascular walls can be stored for microsurgical training until about 4 years after harvest, as shown in the gross appearance and histologic findings of our preserved vessels. We recommend the technique presented here for the longterm reuse of human vessels for microsurgery training that closely resembles real procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-598
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Plastic Surgery
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov

Keywords

  • Human vessels
  • Lymph node dissection
  • Microsurgery
  • Reusable
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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