Dr. Layron Long, 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, lifelike silicone model created directly from scans of an actual organ. 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,” Long said.
As an experienced and skilled surgeon, Long said he would consider using this technology for complex surgeries, such as when there are lesions and blockages in the kidney, and transition points can be difficult to see. with traditional imaging, including CT scans and MRIs.
“If you’re going to run in a race, you don’t just do it. You train,” Long explained. “It’s the same concept with this technology.”
In the two cases performed since December 2021, 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.
Long-standing surgeries using synthetic soft tissue models, including the removal of a complex kidney tumor, have both been successful.
“I went there before and performed the surgery, making the incision and the reconstruction,” he said. “It was a tough case. Technology helped me enter with more confidence.
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,” Long said.