Cadaveric hand & wrist dissection workshop
Published on 6 December 2022
Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) students participated in a hand & wrist dissection demonstration and workshop using Thiel Cadavers.
This workshop, organised and run by Professor Arpit Jariwala (Consultant Upper Limb and Trauma Surgeon/Director of UDOTS), is held annually at the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID) at the main University Campus where students performed several cadaveric dissections under the direct supervision of Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons. Pairs of participants had a Thiel cadaver to themselves with faculty guiding them through various surgical techniques. Thiel embalmed cadavers are unique to the MCh (Orth) Dundee course and afford a more realistic, moveable, and flexible cadaver that better simulates real-life surgery.
The workshop was dedicated to hand and wrist surgical approaches. For this session, Professor Jariwala was joined by his NHS Tayside colleagues Mr Simon Johnson, Ms Kirsty Munro and Ms Jennifer Cherry (NHS Grampian).
Demonstrations for this session included: (1) Carpal tunnel decompression procedure (2) Extended carpal tunnel for revision cases (3) Trigger thumb/finger release (4) Flexor tendon in finger exposure with Brunner incision (5) FCR approach for distal radius fracture fixation (6) Volar approach for scaphoid surgery (7) Dorsal wrist approach for ganglion and carpal surgery (8) De Quervain’s tenosynovectomy exposure (9) Dorsal approach for trapeziectomy (10) UCL ligament of thumb exposure and demonstration of laxity on its division (11) Dorsal finger approach for tendon repair.
Left: MCh (Orth) students with Mr Simon Johnson, Professor Arpit Jariwala, Ms Jennifer Cherry and Ms Kirsty Munro; Right: Professor Arpit Jariwala with Tyler Halliwell (Anatomy Technical Manager - CAHID) Jude Muirhead (Laboratory Technician - CAHID).