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Transsphenoidal Endoscopic Approach with 3D Printed Cranial Models

21-M14
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March 6th 2021
COURSE COORDINATORS
Alexandre Rainha Campos (MD)
COURSE PRESENTATION
Endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal approach (EETA) is used to treat lesions in the sellar and parasellar region and allows to minimize trauma and discomfort in the postoperative period. However, EETA is a technique with a long learning curve.

This course proposes the acquisition of theoretical and practical knowledge of EETA through training with skull models obtained by 3D printing. These models were built from computed tomography (CT) images of patients and subsequently validated by a multidisciplinary team.

After a theoretical introduction to the technique, participants will have a practical and realistic experience. By setting up several training stations guided by instructors with a high degree of knowledge of EETA, participants will have a valuable learning opportunity.

In the course, each participant will perform several practical approaches to the 3D models, each approach comprising specific predefined objectives. Participants will be asked to assess the impact of these models on learning the anatomy of the skull base and surgical training.
TARGET AUDIENCE
4th, 5th, or 6th year interns/residents and specialists of Neurosurgery and Otorhinolaryngology who wish to have their first experience in endoscopic surgical approach.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES >> KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO DEVELOP
  • Identification of relevant anatomical structures in the surgical endoscopic approach of the base of the skull.
  • Correct handling of endoscopic instruments
ADMISSION CRITERIA
Academic background in the mentioned specialties.
CV and motivation letter 
Participants cannot be specialists in endoscopic endonasal surgery.



 
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