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Comparison of Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopy Versus Conventional Laparoscopy on Skill Acquisition and Performance

KHO, ROSANNE M. MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31822b46f6
Robotic Surgery in Gynecology
Abstract

With an increasing adoption of robotics in gynecologic surgery, training and acquisition of robotic skills become pertinent. The learning curve for the acquisition of robotic skills has been studied using different assessment measurements in both the laboratory and surgical setting. In the laboratory setting, task acquisition and performance is superior with the robotic platform compared with conventional laparoscopy. The 3-dimensional viewing condition provides a perceptive advantage. Learning curve for robotics in the clinical setting is indirectly assessed. Conclusive statements regarding the learning curve comparing robotics with conventional laparoscopy in the surgical setting are difficult to make. To date, clinical studies are limited by lack of standard definitions and objective assessment measurements.

Author Information

Division of Urogynecology, Department of Gynecologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic AZ, Phoenix, Arizona

Disclosure: None.

Correspondence: Rosanne M. Kho, MD, Division of Urogynecology, Department of Gynecologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic AZ, Phoenix, AZ. E-mail: kho.rosanne@mayo.edu.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.