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Ann Transl Med. 2015 Nov;3(20):319. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2305-5839.2015.11.04.

Training for single port video assisted thoracoscopic surgery lung resections.

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1 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Newcastle University and Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK ; 2 Department of Thoracic Surgery, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK.

Abstract

With many surgical training programmes providing less time for training it can be challenging for trainees to acquire the necessary surgical skills to perform complex video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lung resections. Indeed as the utilization of single port operations increases the need to approach the operating theatre with already-existing excellent hand-eye coordination skills increases. We suggest that there are a number of ways that trainees can begin to develop these necessary skills. Firstly, using computer games that involve changing horizons and orientations. Secondly, utilizing box-trainers to practice using the thoracoscopic instruments. Thirdly, learning how essential tools such as the stapler work. Trainees will then be able to progress to meaningfully assisting in theatre and indeed learning how to perform the operation themselves. At this stage is useful to observe expert surgeons whilst they operate-to watch both their technical and non-technical skills. Ultimately, surgery is a learned skill and requires implementation of these techniques over a sustained period of time.

KEYWORDS:

Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS); lung cancer; training

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