Multiservice laparoscopic surgical training using the daVinci surgical system

Eric J. Hanly, Michael R. Marohn, Sharon L. Bachman, Mark A. Talamini, Sander O. Hacker, Robin S. Howard, Noah S. Schenkman

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Background: The daVinci surgical system affords surgeons a magnified three-dimensional videoscopic view of the operative field and precise articulating laparoscopic instruments. The learning curve for this advanced surgical robotics system is poorly characterized. Methods: Twenty-three surgeons representing seven surgical subspecialties participated in a surgical robotics training program consisting of standardized daVinci system training (phase 1) followed by self-guided learning in a porcine model (phase 2). Results: The average number of recorded procedures performed per surgeon during phase 2 was 5.5. The mean daVinci system set-up time was 45 minutes and decreased by an average of 56.1% by the third successive set-up (r = -0.702, P <0.005). Operative times decreased 39.0% by the third successive practice operation (r = -0.860, P <0.0005). Conclusions: New use of the daVinci robot is associated with a rapid learning curve and preclinical animal model training is effective in developing surgical robotics skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-315
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • Laparoscopy
  • Learning curve
  • Robotics
  • Surgery
  • daVinci surgical system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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