Hand-assisted laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy skills acquisition: Augmented reality simulator versus human cadaver training models

Fabien Leblanc, Anthony J. Senagore, Clyde N. Ellis, Bradley J. Champagne, Knut M. Augestad, Paul C. Neary, Conor P. Delaney

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    Abstract

    Objective: The aim of this study was to compare a simulator with the human cadaver model for hand-assisted laparoscopic colorectal skills acquisition training. Design: An observational prospective comparative study was conducted to compare the laparoscopic surgery training models. Setting: The study took place during the laparoscopic colectomy training course performed at the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Participants: Thirty four practicing surgeons performed hand-assisted laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy on human cadavers (n = 7) and on an augmented reality simulator (n = 27). Prior laparoscopic colorectal experience was assessed. Trainers and trainees completed independently objective structured assessment forms. Training models were compared by trainees' technical skills scores, events scores, and satisfaction. Results: Prior laparoscopic experience was similar in both surgeon groups. Generic and specific skills scores were similar on both training models. Generic events scores were significantly better on the cadaver model. The 2 most frequent generic events occurring on the simulator were poor hand-eye coordination and inefficient use of retraction. Specific events were scored better on the simulator and reached the significance limit (p = 0.051) for trainers. The specific events occurring on the cadaver were intestinal perforation and left ureter identification difficulties. Overall satisfaction was better for the cadaver than for the simulator model (p = 0.009). Conclusions: With regard to skills scores, the augmented reality simulator had adequate qualities for the hand-assisted laparoscopic colectomy training. Nevertheless, events scores highlighted weaknesses of the anatomical replication on the simulator. Although improvements likely will be required to incorporate the simulator more routinely into the colorectal training, it may be useful in its current form for more junior trainees or those early on their learning curve.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)200-204
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Surgical Education
    Volume67
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

    Keywords

    • colorectal surgery
    • laparoscopy
    • training model

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Education

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    Leblanc, F., Senagore, A. J., Ellis, C. N., Champagne, B. J., Augestad, K. M., Neary, P. C., & Delaney, C. P. (2010). Hand-assisted laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy skills acquisition: Augmented reality simulator versus human cadaver training models. Journal of Surgical Education, 67(4), 200-204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2010.06.004