An inexpensive yet realistic model for teaching vasectomy - Abstract

PURPOSE: Teaching the no-scalpel vasectomy is important, since vasectomy is a safe, simple, and cost-effective method of contraception.

This minimally invasive vasectomy technique involves delivering the vas through the skin with specialized tools. This technique is associated with fewer complications than the traditional incisional vasectomy (1). One of the most challenging steps is the delivery of the vas through a small puncture in the scrotal skin, and there is a need for a realistic and inexpensive scrotal model for beginning learners to practice this step.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: After careful observation using several scrotal models while teaching residents and senior trainees, we developed a simplified scrotal model that uses only three components-bicycle inner tube, latex tubing, and a Penrose drain.

RESULTS: This model is remarkably realistic and allows learners to practice a challenging step in the no-scalpel vasectomy. The low cost and simple construction of the model allows wide dissemination of training in this important technique.

CONCLUSIONS: We propose a simple, inexpensive model that will enable learners to master the hand movements involved in delivering the vas through the skin while mitigating the risks of learning on patients.

Written by:
Coe TM, Curington J.   Are you the author?
University of California, San Diego - School of Medicine, San Diego, California, United States; Department of Family Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine, La Jolla, California, United States.

Reference: Int Braz J Urol. 2015 Mar-Apr;41(2):373-8.
doi: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2015.02.27

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 26005982 Vasectomy Section