2018 AMI Online Salon

Laparoscopic Myomectomy Simulator

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Amanda Behr
  • Contributors: Miller Singleton, Robert Stager, Kelli Braun; Augusta, Georgia
  • Client: Augusta University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Copyright: © 2017 Amanda Behr and Augusta University
  • Medium / software used: silicone, ZBrush, 3D Print
  • Final presentation format: Placement within a laparoscopic simulation box
  • Primary audience: Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents

Project Description

The simulator was designed to provide hands-on laparoscopic myomectomy training after lectures on the material. The goal was to provide reasonable cost devices that may be used by multiple residents and reused for future residents. Therefore, each simulator may be used by four residents and may be repaired for reuse. The simulator was created using digital design and 3D printing for a time and cost efficiency. Two silicones were used to replicate the realistic softer feel of uterine tissue compare to the firmer fibroid tissue.  Color is used to differentiate the fibroids from the uterine tissue. The fibroids are embedded in the uterine wall and residents dissect and remove the fibroids and suture the incision. Simplified Fallopian tubes and rounds ligaments orient residents within the laparoscopic camera. Also, these structures tether the device within the laparoscopic simulation box. Velcro is secured to the bottom of the simulator to anchor the device to the simulation box.