Author(s): Moldovanu R, Trcoveanu E, Dimofte G, Lupacu C, Bradea C
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Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: All modern surgical procedures require a high level of cognitive and psychomotor skills achieved using different training methods, but could be influenced by fatigue and other psychological factors. We evaluated the effect of warm-up exercises on operative laparoscopic performances. METHODS: The surgical team operated on a consecutive series of 20 patients with gallstones. Patients were randomly allocated in 2 groups: group A to be operated on without warm-up exercises and group B to be operated on after a short-term warm-up. All the patients were operated on by the same surgical team. The full-time records of the operation were analyzed by 2 independent reviewers. A modified simplified Global Rating Score (GRS) was used to assess the surgical procedures. A training module using the Lap Mentor simulator was designed for the warm-up. RESULTS: Better performances were noted by both observers in group B only regarding "Respect for tissue" scores (3.75 0.16 vs 4.43 0.20, P=.021 and 3.87 0.22 vs 4.57 0.20, P=.041) achieving significant or marginally significant differences for all categories; GRS scores for "time and motion" and "overall impression" tend to be better after warm-up, but differences failed to reach statistical significance in our series. CONCLUSION: Surgeons, even the most experienced in laparoscopic surgery, can increase specific psychomotor skills associated with a laparoscopic environment by doing simple exercises on a virtual reality simulator, just before an operation. These improvements are reflected in more accurate handling of tissue during laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
This article was published in JSLS
and referenced in Journal of Surgery