Silicone-Based, Synthetic Tissue And Organ Models For Surgical Simulation
Lack of cadavers and fresh tissue/organ models hinders the quality of medical education; therefore, there is a need for a reliable and sustainable training medium for evergrowing number of medical students and personnel. In Akbulut research group, we design silicone-based surgical models that are engineered to simulate mechanical responses of real organs to incision, dissection, and suturing. Until now, we have developed skin, breast, and vascular models. Different suturing techniques, benign mass removal, and complicated oncoplastic surgery can be practiced on these models. We aim to improve the quality of surgical trainings via practical, affordable, and tactile simulation platform. This research resulted in a spinoff company, Surgitate, which now sells these models in several countries.