Medical Practice Technical Challenges


Surgical Anatomy of the Orbit - Hands On

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September 23rd 2022
Ana Duarte (MD) , 
João Paulo Farias (MD) , 
João Subtil (MD, PhD)
This course will be organized in a partnership between the Orbit Unit of the CUF Descobertas Hospital (which includes specialists in Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Neurosurgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Neuroradiology), and the Department
of Anatomy of the Nova Medical School/Faculty of Medical Sciences.

It was structured in order to provide a systematic and practical knowledge of orbital anatomy, as well as the main surgical techniques used in this area. Particular emphasis will be given to the methods and criteria to guide clinical thinking and indication of each technique, as well as practical
recommendations to avoid complications.

The course will last one day; the morning will be dedicated to theoretical presentations on surgical anatomy of the orbit and description of the most used surgical approaches, which will include descriptive videos to facilitate its replication. The afternoon period will be fully occupied by the hands-on application of different techniques on cadavers. The tutorial teaching will include a brief review of each procedure using illustrations and videos, followed by its execution on a cadaver.

The purpose of the course is to provide a systematic and practical knowledge of surgical anatomy of the orbit, as well as to optimize the learning of the most used surgical techniques using cadavers, where all participants can practice the procedures under the guidance of experienced tutors.
Residents and specialists in Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Neurosurgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and all specialties with a particular interest in Orbit
  1. Understand orbital anatomy from a surgical perspective
  2. Be familiar with the primary imaging modalities used for the evaluation of orbital disease
  3. Understand the distinct types of orbital disease: presentation, diagnosis and treatment
  4. Be familiar with the surgical approaches used in the orbit in distinct contexts, their advantages and disadvantages
  5. Plan and execute different surgical techniques used in the approach to the orbital region, taking into account the main anatomical landmarks, risk areas and surgical purpose (excisional or incisional tumour biopsy, orbital decompression, bone fracture repair)
Academic degree; curriculum vitae