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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 95-99

Paediatric laparoscopic hernia repair: Ex vivo skills in the reduced training era

1 Department of Paediatric Surgery, Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS, United Kingdom
2 Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NH, United Kingdom
3 Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BB, United Kingdom
4 Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, WC1N 3JH, United Kingdom

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Niyi Ade-Ajayi
Department of Paediatric Surgery, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.115031

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Introduction: Changes to surgical working hours have resulted in shorter training times and fewer learning opportunities. Tools that develop surgical skills ex-vivo are of particular interest in this era. Laparoscopic skills are regarded as essential by many for modern paediatric surgery practice. Several generic skills models have been reported and validated. However, there is limited evidence regarding the role of procedure specific models. Here, a laparoscopic paediatric hernia repair model is trialled with surgical trainees and their competence compared with consultant colleagues. Patients and Methods: An ex-vivo paediatric inguinal hernia repair model was devised. Surgical trainees from 5 specialist centres were recruited and performed multiple standardised repairs. Results: 23 trainees performed 192 repairs. Experts performed 10 repairs for comparison. Trainees were timed performing the repair and their accuracy measured. With repeated attempts trainee's timings and accuracy improved until by the 10 th repair they were no different from benchmark consultant scores. Conclusion: A simple, procedure specific ex-vivo training model has been evaluated for laparoscopic hernia training in paediatric surgery. The results suggest improvements in competence with repetition. Trainee and benchmark consultant scores are no different by the 10 th trainee attempt. We conclude that this model may have a valuable role in the training and assessment of future paediatric surgeons.

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