Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery

INNOVATIONS
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 88--90

Innovative use of abdominoplasty specimen


Saurabh Gupta, Devi P Mohapatra, Ravi K Chittoria, Elankumar Subbarayan, Sireesha K Reddy, Vinayak Chavan, Abhinav Aggarwal, Likhitha C Reddy 
 Department of Plastic Surgery, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ravi K Chittoria
Department of Plastic Surgery, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry 605006
India

Abstract

Simulator training is important for understanding nipple–areolar complex reconstruction. Human tissue is the best tissue simulator for surgical training. Abdominoplasty specimen is a useful tissue simulator, which is suitable for practicing nipple–areolar complex reconstruction. It is similar to the natural mound created in breast reconstruction. Authors have shared their experience of using abdominoplasty specimen for simulator training of nipple–areolar complex reconstruction for plastic surgery residents. Abdominoplasty specimen is cost-effective, readily available, and an efficient tool for plastic surgery training for the residents.



How to cite this article:
Gupta S, Mohapatra DP, Chittoria RK, Subbarayan E, Reddy SK, Chavan V, Aggarwal A, Reddy LC. Innovative use of abdominoplasty specimen.J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2018;11:88-90


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Gupta S, Mohapatra DP, Chittoria RK, Subbarayan E, Reddy SK, Chavan V, Aggarwal A, Reddy LC. Innovative use of abdominoplasty specimen. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Jul 4 ];11:88-90
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 Introduction



Simulation training is very important for a plastic surgery trainee before operating on live patients. For flap surgery training, human tissue provides the best simulation as it is the natural skin with subcutaneous fat and fascia. Father of Modern Plastic Surgery, Sir Harold Gillies, had quoted that “never throw anything away.”[1] In some plastic surgery procedures, healthy tissue is excised, which need not be sent for pathological examination. This human tissue can be used for surgical practice.[2] One such procedure is the abdominoplasty.

Abdominoplasty is a commonly performed procedure. The idea of using abdominoplasty specimen for surgical training has already been described.[3] Abdominoplasty specimen can be used for the practice of suturing techniques, skin graft harvesting (split thickness and full thickness), fat graft harvesting, and local fasciocutaneous flaps.[3],[4] The practice of flaps for designing new nipple or umbilicus over abdominoplasty specimen has also been proposed.[5] Here, we share our experience of using abdominoplasty specimen as a simulator for training plastic surgery residents in the creation of new nipple.

 Materials and Methods



A hands-on workshop on local flap techniques of nipple reconstruction was organized at our institute. Six plastic surgery trainee residents participated in this workshop. We used abdominoplasty specimens from three patients operated at our institute. Each specimen was divided into two pieces, and one piece was provided to each participant. Written informed consent was obtained from all the patients. Under the guidance of consultant plastic surgeon, the participants designed local flaps and created new nipple–areolar complex (NAC) over these specimens. Multiple flaps were practiced over one specimen. At the end of the workshop, the participants gave their feedback in written format [Figure 1] and [Figure 2].{Figure 1}, {Figure 2}

 Results



The feedback responses of the participants after completion of the workshop are shown in [Table 1].{Table 1}

 Discussion



NAC reconstruction is a challenging surgery with multiple possible reconstructive options. Some of the local flaps for nipple reconstruction are skate flap, star flap, C-V flap, arrow flap, bell flap, top hat flap, S-flap, and spiral flap.[6] Each method of nipple reconstruction has unique characteristics. It is important to understand all these methods to make a correct decision regarding NAC reconstruction.

The nipple is reconstructed over the breast mound, and the techniques are based on the use of subcutaneous fat along with the skin. The abdominoplasty specimen is similar to the breast mound. The abdominoplasty specimen consists of the skin, fat, and superficial fascia from the lower abdomen. The same tissue is commonly used for the breast mound reconstruction in pedicled or free transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap. Again, the skin and fat content of abdomen is similar to the skin and fat content of back tissue, which is transposed during latissimus dorsi flap. Abdominoplasty is a common procedure, and the specimen is readily available in the plastic surgery department. The specimen can be preserved in formalin. It does not cost any extra charges.

In our experience, practicing NAC reconstruction over abdominoplasty specimen is useful for the plastic surgery residents. All the participants found this workshop helpful in understanding different flap techniques. Designing and operating these flaps increased their confidence level and refined their skills. The participants suggested for arranging such workshops frequently. They pointed out that preserving the specimen negatively affects the quality of tissue simulator, and a fresh specimen is better for the flap practice.

 Conclusion



Abdominoplasty specimen is a useful tissue simulator suitable for practicing NAC reconstruction. It is cost-effective, readily available, and an efficient tool for plastic surgery training for the residents. Preferably fresh specimen should be used for the flap practice.

Financial support and sponsorship

Department of Plastic Surgery, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, provided the funding for this project.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

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