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28 Week-Old Fetus with Upper Airway for Fetal Endoscopic Tracheal Occlusion (FETO). 


This highly realistic silicone fetus has been manufactured to contain a highly detailed upper airway system that includes: tongue, raphe line, alveolar ridges, uvula, tonsillar pillars, epiglottis, vocal cords, trachea, carina, and esophagus. It also includes a port for the induction of fluid into the primary bronchial tubes and the esophagus. This model has been developed for surgical training associated with Fetal Endoscopic Tracheal Occlusion procedures. 


This project was created with the support, guidance, and medical expertise of Dr. Rory Windrim and Dr. Greg Ryan of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. Additional contributions and medical expertise were provided by Dr. Jan Deprest of the University of Leuven, Belgium. 


The documentation below depicts the training model being used at the University of Toronto’s Surgical Skills Center to teach the implantation and removal of the trachea balloon. The video stills below detail the interior of the fetal airway.


This model was used in a clinical trial published in Prenatal Diagnosis (2013), vol 33, pp 1–5, Development and use of a high-fidelity simulator for fetal endotracheal balloon occlusion (FETO) insertion and removal, Dr. Rory Windrim, Dr. Greg Ryan, Francis LeBouthillier, Dr. Paolo Campisi, Dr. Edmond N. Kelly, Dr. David Baud, Dr. Shi-Joon Yoo and Dr. Jan Deprest. This research publication can be viewed at: (click here)

Dr. Rory Windrim scoping 28 week-old upper airway fetus at Mount Sinai Hospital - U of T Surgical Skills Center, Toronto

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