Mastotrainer new version: realistic simulator for training in breast surgery

Breast. 2017 Feb;31:82-84. doi: 10.1016/j.breast.2016.08.009. Epub 2016 Nov 5.


The "Mastotrainer" was introduced as a new concept of simulators for use in surgical training. Simulators of this type are critical as the use of cadavers is limited or prohibited in some countries. The Mastotrainer has proved very useful in training various surgical techniques, with the first version of the simulator being focused on breast augmentation and reconstruction following mastectomy. This current project explores use of a new version of the surgical simulator that can facilitate a broader spectrum of procedures in the training of breast surgeons as well as plastic and reconstructive surgeons in order to achieve better outcomes. With this new version of the mastotrainer, larger and ptotic breasts provides hands-on training for preoperative markings, various mammaplasty techniques, including breast conserving surgery, reconstructive lumpectomy and oncoplastic procedures. It is valuable for training oncologic, aesthetic and/or reconstructive breast surgeries.

Keywords: Anatomical model; Breast; Breast cancer; Breast conserving surgery; Breast oncoplastic surgery; Breast surgery training; Education; Mammaplasty; Medical device; Reconstruction; Reconstructive lumpectomy; Surgical model.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammaplasty / education*
  • Mammaplasty / methods
  • Mastectomy / education*
  • Mastectomy / methods
  • Models, Anatomic*
  • Simulation Training / methods*