A three-half-day training session in robotic surgery for gynecology is feasible and safe.
Trainees consider dual console helpful and reassuring.
This training seems to be reproductible for other university teaching centers.
Most gynecological residents or junior surgeons do not practice nor experience robotic surgery due to lack of access during residency or poor knowledge about this growing surgical technology. This study evaluated the feasibility and safety of a 3-half-day experiencing and training session for robot-assisted gynecological surgery designed for residents and fellows.
Materiel and Methods
This is a prospective, single-center observational study about a training course aimed at residents or fellows at the university teaching hospital of Limoges (France). It spreads over three consecutive half-days: one dedicated to simulation exercises involving the Da Vinci Skills Simulator© and the other two, to practice in two robot-assisted procedures with dual-console equipment supervised by a senior surgeon (as it is usually performed in a university teaching hospital). Complications during surgery, patient’s medical records as well as the participants’ performances during in vivo suturing acts were gathered. Feedback on the session was obtained with a questionnaire at the end of the course.
Twelve sessions involving 24 patients operated on by 34 trainees from 16 different teaching university hospitals across the country took place. No conversion to laparotomy nor any major peri- or post-operative complication was reported. Time for stitching decreased significantly (p=.016) between the first and the second in vivo surgery. Use of the dual console was found helpful and most attendees (96.8%) would recommend this training session.
We showed this training course with both simulation and in vivo surgery was feasible, safe and was a well-liked initiation program for robotic surgery.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Dual-console, Residency training, Robotic surgery, Simulation, Teaching program
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