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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 10-13

Republication: An inexpensive solution for laparoscopic simulation

Department of Surgery, Northside Medical Center, Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Youngstown, OH, USA

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Daniel M Chase
Department of Surgery, Northside Medical Center, Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH 44505
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2455-5568.188732

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Teaching residents the art of laparoscopy is one of the most important and most difficult tasks of any surgical residency. The disorientation of working in a small enclosed space with a modified field of vision and limited tactile feedback requires repetition and practice to overcome. Many hands-on hours are required to become proficient. Laparoscopic trainers have allowed for training outside of the operative setting, but they are notoriously expensive. Fortunately, with the advent of inexpensive camera technology, a very serviceable laparoscopic trainer can be built with household tools for <$150 USD. Here, we describe how to construct such a device. Although simulation is never truly representative of the surgical experience, it provides a safe environment for residents to hone their laparoscopic skills. The construction and use of low-cost laparoscopic training boxes such as ours allow surgical residents to gain valuable laparoscopic skills at minimal expense. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Medical knowledge, Practice based learning and improvement, Systems based practice. Republished with permission from: Sparks DA, Chase DM, Lee WS. An inexpensive solution for laparoscopic simulation. OPUS 12 Scientist 2008;2(5):1-3.

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