Is there an objective, standardized way to train the next generation of surgeons?Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC think so, with an assist from technology that could change robotic surgery in the future.
Using a data recorder plugged into a robotic surgery system, a Keck School of Medicineteam analyzed expert and novice surgeons movements during the reconstruction step of robotic radical prostatectomy, a common surgery for prostate cancer. The data helped the team assess surgical skills, develop a needle-driving gesture classification system and create a training tutorial. The results of their study will appear in the October issue of The Journal of Urology.
Although robotic surgery is a widely adopted minimally invasive option for treating prostate cancer, standardized training for it doesnt exist yet, said the studys corresponding author, Andrew Hung, assistant professor of clinical urology at the Keck School of Medicine. In order to create a methodical, streamlined training tutorial for this main reconstruction step of the prostate surgery, we relied on automated performance metrics and observation to objectively measure surgeon performance.
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