Our state of the art sinus models are designed by Fusetec (Adelaide, Australia) and based on real-life CT scans of CRS patients. Together with Prof. Wormald, Fusetec created a multi material model mimicking the different tissues within the paranasal sinuses. The latest generation of models provide tissue features which even allow to perform septoplasties and mucosal flaps during dissection.
The key to successful frontal sinus surgery is a clear understanding of its anatomy. The surgeon should be able to create a 3D representation of the anatomy of the frontal recess in the mind which allows a sequential planned dissection of every cell. This enables the surgeon to identify the cell on the CT scan that is to be removed and to plan the sequential dissection of each cell improving the outcome for the patient.
Therefore, it will be a key feature of the course to plan the surgery with the three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of the frontal recess anatomy using the Stryker Building Block Software (StrykerBuildingBlocks@stryker.com). The delegates will be able to fully understand the anatomy by analysing the CT scans and assess the frontal drainage pathway preoperatively. Then dissections will be performed using surgical equipment and videoendoscopic units provided by Karl Storz, Medtronic and Stryker.
This pioneering teaching methodology provides an unparalleled experience of performing a stepwise progression of frontal sinus surgery at a range of differing anatomical complexity