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J Minim Access Surg. 2016 Jul-Sep;12(3):214-9. doi: 10.4103/0972-9941.183482.

Evaluation of hands-on seminar for reduced port surgery using fresh porcine cadaver model.

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Department of Gastroenterological Surgery II, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan.
Department of Surgery, KKR Tonan Hospital, Sapporo; Reduced Port Surgery Forum, Saitama, Japan.
Reduced Port Surgery Forum, Saitama; Department of Surgery, Medical Topia Soka Hospital, Saitama, Japan.



The use of various biological and non-biological simulators is playing an important role in training modern surgeons with laparoscopic skills. However, there have been few reports of the use of a fresh porcine cadaver model for training in laparoscopic surgical skills. The purpose of this study was to report on a surgical training seminar on reduced port surgery using a fresh cadaver porcine model and to assess its feasibility and efficacy.


The hands-on seminar had 10 fresh porcine cadaver models and two dry boxes. Each table was provided with a unique access port and devices used in reduced port surgery. Each group of 2 surgeons spent 30 min at each station, performing different tasks assisted by the instructor. The questionnaire survey was done immediately after the seminar and 8 months after the seminar.


All the tasks were completed as planned. Both instructors and participants were highly satisfied with the seminar. There was a concern about the time allocated for the seminar. In the post-seminar survey, the participants felt that the number of reduced port surgeries performed by them had increased.


The fresh cadaver porcine model requires no special animal facility and can be used for training in laparoscopic procedures.

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