The Basic Microsurgery course involves 40 hours of one-on-one, individualized training of microsurgical techniques in a small class environment where every student can learn at their own pace.
In this course, students will learn how to use the operating microscope, micro-instruments, and micro-sutures to perform end-to-end anastomoses, end-to-side anastomoses, a peripheral nerve repair, and an interpositional vein graft on live rat models. At the end of the course, students can attempt a groin cutaneous free tissue flap as a final assessment or perform any above procedures within a time limit. Throughout these procedures, students will practice self-control, patience, handling of fragile tissues, attention to detail, manual dexterity, efficiency in completion of an anastomosis, and brain-hand-eye-foot coordination.
Because these skills are transferable to other clinical professions, this course is a valuable learning experience for surgeons, clinicians, and researchers alike. Students who successfully complete the curriculum will receive the Basic Microsurgery Certificate of Training.
What will you learn?
- Use of the operating microscope
- Basic suturing techniques using a plastic model
- Performing end-to-end arterial anastomoses utilizing the femoral artery of the rat (1 mm diameter): forehand, backhand, and one-way-up suturing techniques
- Performing end-to-end venous anastomoses utilizing the femoral vein of the rat (1.3 mm diameter)
- Performing an interpositional vein graft using a femoral vein graft (1.3 mm diameter) and epigastric vein graft (1 mm diameter)
- Performing end-to-side anastomoses: end of the femoral artery to the side of the femoral vein and end of the femoral vein to the side of the femoral artery
- Completing a peripheral epineurial repair of the rat sciatic nerve
- Performing a groin cutaneous free tissue flap