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A Cadaver Lab Training Facility to Facilitate Laparoscopic Liver Resection

Lookup NU author(s): Steven White, Jeremy French, Professor Derek Manas


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Introduction: Laparoscopic liver surgery is becoming increasingly common; however, doubts still remain regarding its more wide-(s)pread application and whether it improves patient outcome. The authors would like to present their experience of using a dedicated cadaver laparoscopic training laboratory to facilitate the introduction of a laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) program.Methods: A course was designed by a faculty of experienced, advanced laparoscopic surgeons providing an intensive 2-day course of lectures, debate, exchange, and practical hands-on with a live link to clinical LLR operations. Participant evaluation and feedback for each course was analyzed.Results: After 4 courses (2007 to 2009) and 32 participants, scores were graded from 1 (poor) to 6 (excellent no improvement). The course was graded for content, structure, delivery, resources, facility, and value for money. The overall rating for cadaver teaching sessions scored as follows: score 6 (43%), score 5 (32%), and score 4 (25%).Conclusions: A dedicated cadaver LLR facility is not only an excellent method to train individuals for safe introduction of clinical liver resection program but it also has the potential to provide certification within this growing technique.

Publication metadata

Author(s): White SA, Satchidanand RY, French JJ, Tait IZ, Manas DM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques

Year: 2014

Volume: 24

Issue: 4

Pages: 357-360

Print publication date: 01/08/2014

ISSN (print): 1530-4515

ISSN (electronic): 1534-4908

Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


DOI: 10.1097/SLE.0000000000000046


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