• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Stitch by stitch — critical surgical skills

September 10, 2017

Dr. Muhammad Zeb sitting with the Mayo Brothers statue
A low-cost model developed at Mayo Clinic is being used as a tool for surgeons on the other side of the world to learn how to effectively repair inguinal hernias — a major health issue in many countries.

Take some fabric, yarn and plastic tubing, glue it together just so, and you have — an anatomically correct, low-cost, abdominal hernia model that surgeons around the world can use for training.

"Simple things can have a big impact," says Muhammad Zeb, M.B.B.S., a surgeon who recently completed a two-year research fellowship at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. "We made a simple model, and it has helped people learn operations thousands of miles away, where life is harsh and opportunities are scarce."

In March 2017, about 30 doctors in Ghana used the model to learn how to apply mesh to repair hernias. The surgeons found the training so helpful that the model has become part of the medical student teaching curriculum and the formal training at Korle Bu Hospital in Accra, Ghana.

That's exactly what the group developing the model hoped to accomplish, says Dr. Zeb, who was a member of the research team headed by Mayo Clinic surgeon David Farley, M.D. Team members call themselves the Farley Innovative Research Surgical Team, or FIRST. The group of graduate and medical students, volunteers, audiovisual engineers and surgical residents works with Dr. Farley to develop surgical education using simulation, video, online resources and fabric. Read the rest of the story.


This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.