Layron Long, MD, medical director of the department of urology and chairman of robotic surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, has become the first surgeon in the Pacific Northwest to use a new 3D-printed custom training model before perform two surgical cases.
The technology, Pre-Sure®, created by Oregon-based medical device company Lazarus 3D, allows surgeons to rehearse complex surgeries on a soft, realistic silicone model created directly from scans of the actual organ of the patient. ‘a patient. The technology was recently approved by the FDA for use as a diagnostic device for preoperative surgical rehearsals.
“Allowing surgeons to rehearse surgery on a realistic model could one day reduce operation times and reduce surgical complications,” Dr. Long said.
As an experienced and skilled surgeon, Dr Long said he would consider using this technology for complex surgeries, such as when there are damage and blockages in the kidney, and it can be difficult to see. transition points with traditional imaging, including CT scans and MRIs. .
“If you’re going to run in a race, you don’t just do it. You practice,” Dr. Long explained. “It’s the same concept with this technology.”
In both cases performed since December 2021, Dr. Long set up a rehearsal with Pre-Sure® using the da Vinci® robotic platform at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Since 2010, Samaritan’s robot-assisted surgery program has changed the way doctors perform surgery, improving patient care and improving outcomes. The da Vinci Surgical System offers physicians an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy.
Surgeries performed by Dr. Long using synthetic soft tissue models, including the removal of a complex kidney tumor, were both successful.
“I went there before and performed the surgery, making the incision and the reconstruction,” he said. “It was a difficult case. Technology helped me enter with more confidence.
Dr Long, who is also an assistant professor at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest, said another application of this technology is to reduce the learning curve for new surgeons to become proficient. .
He can imagine a future where surgical residents could practice on realistic 3D models to improve their skills.
“From an educational perspective, these models could help bridge the learning gap and build confidence,” Dr. Long said.
Layron Long, MD sees patients at several Samaritan Urology clinics and can be reached at 541-768-5486. Learn more about Samaritan’s da Vinci robot-assisted surgery program.