Title

Robotic Surgical Training at Home: A Low-Fidelity Simulation Method.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2021

Publication Title

Journal of surgical education

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Laparoscopic box simulators provide surgical residents a cost-effective and accessible learning tool to practice basic laparoscopic skills. Despite effective, high-fidelity simulators used in robotic surgery training, a similar low-fidelity alternative simulation method is not available. The objective of this report and accompanying video is to introduce a low-fidelity method to help those new to robotic-assisted surgery learn fundamental skills even before sitting at the console.

METHOD: Using 2 fine-point metal tweezers with Velco loops for finger slots, I developed a user-friendly way to practice basic needle handling and intracorporeal knot tying activities similar to those encountered on a high-fidelity robotic simulator. These simple tools mimic the controllers at the actual robot console.

EXPERIENCE: This teaching tool is meant to help surgical trainees and those new to robotic surgery develop the initial dexterity and economy of motion for performing basic tasks. I have greatly improved my own surgical confidence and experience anecdotally using these tools before I sat for actual cases. I hope a motivated trainee may discover the same benefit.

CONCLUSIONS: A low-fidelity simulation method may enhance a learner's initial proficiency in robotic-assisted surgery, but future performance studies using this method will be needed.

Volume

78

Issue

2

First Page

379

Last Page

381

DOI

10.1016/j.jsurg.2020.07.021

ISSN

1878-7452

PubMed ID

32747322

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