Hand & Wrist Dissection Demonstration and Workshop using Thiel Cadavers

The Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) students participated in a Hand and Wrist Dissection Demonstration and Workshop organised and run by Mr Arpit Jariwala (Consultant Upper Limb and Trauma Surgeon/Director of UDOTS) on the afternoon of December 5, 2019.

This is an annual workshop held at the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID) on the main University Campus. The Thiel embalmed cadavers used are unique to the MCh (Orth) Dundee course, and afford a more realistic, moveable and flexible cadaver that better simulates real-life surgery.

Mr Jariwala was joined by his colleagues, Mr Douglas Robinson and Mr Peter Rickhuss, both Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons at NHS Tayside, and Ms Kirsty Munro, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at NHS Tayside.

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The MCh (Orth) students with Ms Kirsty Munro (first left), Mr Peter Rickhuss (third from left), Mr Douglas Robinson (second from right) and Mr Arpit Jariwala (far right) at CAHID.

Demonstrations included:

  • Carpal tunnel decompression procedure
  • Extended carpal tunnel for revision cases
  • Trigger thumb release
  • Trigger finger release
  • Flexor tendon in finger exposure with Brunner incision
  • FCR approach for distal radius fracture fixation
  • Volar approach for scaphoid surgery
  • Dorsal wrist approach for ganglion and carpal surgery
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovectomy exposure
  • Dorsal approach for trapeziectomy
  • UCL ligament of thumb exposure and demonstration of laxity on its division
  • Dorsal finger approach for tendon repair
  • Flexor tendon repair

Mr Arpit Jariwala, Director of UDOTS and Workshop Convenor, stated:

“This has been an exceptionally busy and rewarding day with two separate workshops taking place, this one, and the Shoulder and Elbow Surgical Exposure Workshop, also using Thiel Cadavers, which took place earlier in the day. I’d like to thank all my NHS colleagues in the teaching faculty for helping us present these workshops. The students were keen to learn, and we enjoyed imparting tips and tricks to them."



“It was a very good learning experience. We look forward to more sessions like this”

“The session was very informative. The tips and tricks used by the surgeons were outstanding. Looking forward to more of these symposiums!”

“Let me first congratulate you all, team UDOTS, for organising such a fantastic workshop for us. It revised us through every small aspect of upper limb surgery dissection and live guidance from all the teachers was a feather in the cap. It was a fantastic teaching program and it should be continued with other anatomy dissection to complete the program”


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