A novel, low-cost, reusable, high-fidelity neurosurgical training simulator for cerebrovascular bypass surgery

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Cikla U., Sahin B., Hanalioglu Ş., Ahmed A. S., Niemann D., Baskaya M. K.

JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY, vol.130, no.5, pp.1663-1671, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 130 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.3171/2017.11.jns17318
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1663-1671
  • Keywords: bypass surgery, anastomosis, microsurgery, training, simulator, MODEL, BRAIN, SKILL, ACQUISITION, VALIDATION, CURRICULUM, EDUCATION, ANEURYSMS
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


OBJECTIVE Cerebrovascular bypass surgery is a challenging yet important neurosurgical procedure that is performed to restore circulation in the treatment of carotid occlusive diseases, giant/complex aneurysms, and skull base tumors. It requires advanced microsurgical skills and dedicated training in microsurgical techniques. Most available training tools, however, either lack the realism of the actual bypass surgery (e.g., artificial vessel, chicken wing models) or require special facilities and regulations (e.g., cadaver, live animal, placenta models). The aim of the present study was to design a readily accessible, realistic, easy-to-build, reusable, and high-fidelity simulator to train neurosurgeons or trainees on vascular anastomosis techniques even in the operating room.