An Efficient Single-Session Spatial Skill Trainer for Robot-assisted Surgery: A Randomized Trial

Publication date: Available online 27 May 2019Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive GynecologyAuthor(s): Liel Luko, Avi Parush, Emad Matanes, Roy Lauterbach, Ayal Taitler, Lior LowensteinAbstractObjectiveTo introduce and examine a single session of spatial skill training as an efficient means of improving surgical suturing performance in robot-assisted surgery.Designrandomized, controlled trialSettingA tertiary university medical center in Israel.ParticipantsA purposive sample comprised 41 residents with no robotic suturing skillsInterventionsA computer-based simulator training of spatial skillsMeasurements and Main ResultsParticipants were randomly assigned to training (N=21: mean age of 34 years (SD=1.92)) and control (N=20: mean age of 32 years (SD=3.17)) conditions. The training group underwent a session of spatial skills training while the control group engaged in a neutral activity. After one participant was lost to the follow-up of post-training performance test, data of 40 participants was analyzed. Robotic suturing task performance with the da-Vinci skills simulator (dVSS) was evaluated using the dVSS built-in measure of “excess tissue piercing” and an expert rating of “tissue tearing”. Mean number of excess tissue piercing after training (but not after the neutral activity) was significantly lower than before training (3.25 [SD=1.996] vs. 6.75 [SD=3.68] respectively; p
Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research

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