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Laparoscopic Trainer with Pneumoperitoneum

DOI: 10.4236/ss.2012.310099, PP. 499-502

Keywords: Laparoscopy, Trainer, Pneumoperitoneum

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The development of skills and abilities in laparoscopy is directly related to the use of trainers. The trainer should model the patient with all its natural complexities as closely as possible. In this article we propose a system for training the establishment of pneumoperitoneum executing the basic tasks to create the workspace in the trainer, the insertion of primary umbilical trocar and simulate some of the everyday problems in surgery. Materials and Methods. A group of electrical with biomedical engineers and laparoscopic surgeons developed a physical trainer that allows implementing the pneumoperitoneum. The system uses pneumatic electro valves that are controlled with a dedicated microprocessor. The user can program the system to set the parameters of the pneumoperitoneum. Results. This new trainer facilitated the programming of right values of parameters to distend the abdominal cavity according a specific clinical case. The model developed enables the trainee to consolidate his knowledge on establishing the parameters required within clinical practice, as well as the entry techniques. Conclusions. A new physical model for laparoscopic training was designed. The system enables the laparoscopic surgeon to set the parameters for establishing the workspace according to the clinical case. The trainer allows the surgeon to train in the Hasson technique for the introduction of the first trocar, as well as the placement of the rest of surgical instruments with video assistance. We think this new trainer system will help minimize entry-related injuries.

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