Teaching basic video skills as an aid in laparoscopic suturing

J. K. Champion, J. Hunter, T. Trus, W. Laycock

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Background: There is a perception among surgeons that performing laparoscopic suturing is unduly difficult. The purpose of this study is to document a program which aides in learning laparoscopic suturing. Methods: Fourteen volunteer medical students without prior experience were taught laparoscopic suturing. Videoscopic pelvitrainers were utilized for a 2-h training session. Extracorporeal and intracorporeal knot tying was demonstrated utilizing a three-throw square knot. After a 2-h practice session each student's time to complete an extracorporeal and intracorporeal suture was recorded. Results: The average times required for completion were: extracorporeal suture and knot 1 min 54 s; intracorporeal suture and knot 3 min 12 s. Conclusions: Novice students were able to perform at extra and intracorporeal suturing with 2 h of practice, utilizing a systematic program of teaching basic video skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-25
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Extracorporeal knot
  • Intracorporeal knot
  • Laparoscopic suturing
  • Video skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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