Background: Performing a laparoscopic urethrovesical anastomosis (LUA) after a radical prostatectomy is technically challenging for the novice laparoscopic surgeon. We developed a low-fidelity urethrovesical model (UVM) to allow a urologist to practise this critical step. The aim of our study was to compare the effect of task-specific bench model training (anastomotic suturing on the UVM) with that of basic laparoscopic suturing on intracorporeal urethrovesical anastomosis performance. Methods: We recruited 28 senior surgical residents, fellows or staff surgeons for this prospective, single-blinded, randomized controlled study. We randomly assigned participants to an intervention group practising LUA on the UVM or to a control group practicing basic laparoscopic suturing and knot-tying on a foam pad. After practising, we videotaped participants performing 5 intracorporeal interrupted sutures on a foam pad and a LUA on the UVM. A blinded expert scored the videotaped performance using a laparoscopic suturing checklist (CL) and a global rating scale (GRS), and timed the performance. Results: On the foam pad suturing task, the group that trained on the UVM had significantly higher CL scores (10.9 v. 8.1, p = 0.017). On the LUA task, the group that trained on the UVM had significantly higher CL scores (10.9 v. 8.1, p = 0.017), GRS (29.6 v. 22.8, p = 0.005) and shorter times (27.6 v. 38.3 min, p = 0.004) than the control group. Conclusion: Our task-specific bench model was shown to be superior to basic laparoscopic suturing drills on a foam pad.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of the Canadian Urological Association|
|Publication status||Published - 28-10-2009|
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