Tube shunt surgery in pig eyes: a wet lab teaching model

David J.A. Plemel, Safia A. Nazarali, Karim F. Damji, Sylvia H. Chen

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Objective: To describe a teaching model for aqueous tube shunt surgery using freshly enucleated pig eyes. Design: A descriptive methods report, containing a small prospective noncomparative interventional case series. Participants: Six ophthalmology residents from the University of Alberta program. Methods: A descriptive report outlines the materials and methods required for creating a surgical wet lab that teaches aqueous draining device implantation. Residents practiced each step associated with the insertion of plated aqueous tube shunt devices in porcine eyes. Results: The porcine model worked well to demonstrate and perform steps associated with tube implant surgery. Trainee comfort improved in all surgical steps practiced during the session when reassessed at 3-month follow-up: priming and anchoring the drainage device (p = 0.042), inserting the tube into the eye (p = 0.025), creating and securing a scleral patch graft (p = 0.034), and closure of the conjunctiva (p = 0.034). Overall confidence in performing tube shunt surgery also remained above baseline at follow-up (p = 0.042). Conclusions: Implantation of tube shunt devices in the porcine model closely resembles surgery in human eyes. Practicing each step associated with tube shunt surgery on porcine eyes in a supervised wet-lab environment improves trainee confidence in the procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-589
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


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