Teaching learners to raise the roof: a vaginal surgery simulator for apical suspension.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The objective was to discuss the importance of apical suspension following vaginal hysterectomy and demonstrate a surgical model to aide in educating learners on a variety of apical suspension procedures. METHODS: Rates of pelvic organ prolapse are not insignificant following hysterectomy. Re-support of the vaginal apex should be performed at the time of hysterectomy in those with or without a diagnosis of prolapse. Exposure to vaginal apical support procedures may be limited owing to declining rates of vaginal hysterectomy and limited trainee work hours. Surgical models are increasingly being used to supplement operating room experience. The model we present was originally developed for hysterectomy, although its design allows for teaching a variety of apical support procedures that incorporate the uterosacral ligament (USL) for support. We demonstrate performing a USL suspension, internal McCall suture, and modified McCall suture using the model. RESULTS: The model is constructed from readily available supplies, is multi-use, and inexpensive. It allows learners to identify relevant anatomy, understand/visualize surgical steps, and practice suturing technique. CONCLUSION: Pelvic organ prolapse is common in women, although opportunities to teach apical suspension procedures may be limited. The proposed vaginal surgery simulator can be used to supplement the experience of gynecological surgery trainees with apical suspension procedures.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kisby, CK; Baker, MV; Green, IC; Occhino, JA

Published Date

  • October 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1771 - 1773

PubMed ID

  • 31172219

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1433-3023

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00192-019-03985-y


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England