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Microsurgical training using pig legs

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In order to train microsurgeons, instead of using living animals, a realistic non-living model has been used. The front legs of pigs are suitable for training in microsurgical techniques because the microscopic and gross anatomy of the pig's front leg corresponds well to that of the human upper extremitiy.

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Steffens, K., Witthaut, J. & Koob, E. Microsurgical training using pig legs. Eur J Plast Surg 19, 42–44 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00209793

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  • Microsurgery
  • Training program
  • Pig leg