Over 200,000 laryngopharyngeal surgeries are done every year, and as such, medical residents need microsurgery practice in a low-stakes situation. Low-cost simulators for such procedures can benefit global surgical education and potentially improve surgical skills. In this project, I developed a fully-open source, 3D-printed simulator for practicing microlaryngeal surgery. It is simple to put together, can be used in clinic setting with a video laryngoscope, is low cost, and is compatible with silicone or animal larynx.
Development of a 3D Printed Simulator for Learning Microlaryngeal Surgery
Alan Balu, COL '21, MD '25
Nazaneen Grant, MD, Department of Otolaryngology, MedStar GUH