Could We Use Playdough to Practice Complex Surgeries?

Playdough can be used to reconstruct complex surgeries such as a Whipple procedure, a C section and a hernia.

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How do surgeons learn to perform all the complex and life-saving surgeries they practice? By practicing on people of course. But this can be dangerous and carry serious risks.

What if there was another way to learn how to conduct complicated surgeries? What if you could undertake them using playdough?

A mother and son duo has begun performing such surgeries and it is quite a sight to see. Dr Jessica So makes sure she goes through every stage of a procedure during these make-belief surgeries so that her son learns to operate like an expert.

In this video, they can be seen undertaking a Whipple procedure, an operation conducted to remove the head of the pancreas, the first part of the small intestine, the gallbladder, and the bile duct.


In real life, it would be dangerous for So's son to conduct such an experiment. But in the playdough world, he can make as many mistakes as he wants and no one is harmed.

So and her son have conducted many surgeries together including a hernia and a C section. Watch the video and perhaps you will learn something yourself too!

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