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Plastic Surgery International
Volume 2012, Article ID 834212, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/834212
Research Article

Excised Abdominoplasty Material as a Systematic Plastic Surgical Training Model

1Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, 06810 Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Kecioren Training and Research Hospital, 06380 Ankara, Turkey
3Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Bitlis State Hospital, 13000 Bitlis, Turkey

Received 31 May 2012; Revised 19 July 2012; Accepted 27 August 2012

Academic Editor: G. L. Robb

Copyright © 2012 M. Erol Demirseren et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Achieving a level of technical skill and confidence in surgical operations is the main goal of plastic surgical training. Operating rooms were accepted as the practical teaching venues of the traditional apprenticeship model. However, increased patient population, time, and ethical and legal considerations made preoperation room practical work a must for plastic surgical training. There are several plastic surgical teaching models and simulators which are very useful in preoperation room practical training and the evaluation of plastic surgery residents. The full thickness skin with its vascular network excised in abdominoplasty procedures is an easily obtainable real human tissue which could be used as a training model in plastic surgery.