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Minerva Chirurgica 2020 May 26

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4733.20.08243-7

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

The effect of a simple simulator on the application of laparoscopic common bile duct exploration in a low volume center

Yongfeng LV, Haiming SUN, Zhangxuan QIAN, Weikun MAO, Weiyun YAO, Chencheng DING, Zhiran JIN, Rui LI

Department of Surgery, Changxing County Hospital, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China


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BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a simple laparoscopic common bile duct exploration (LCBDE) simulator and corresponding practicing program on the application of performing LCBDE in a low volume center.
METHODS: A retrospective review was performed by analyzing data from the electronic medical record for 4118 patients with choledocholithiasis in Changxing County Hospital (Huzhou, Zhejiang, China) between January 2013 and December 2018. From January 2016, we have developed a simple LCBDE-specific simulator and corresponding practicing program in our hospital. The percentage of patients with choledocholithiasis managed by LCBDE before and after the introduction of a simple LCBDE-specific simulator and corresponding practicing program was compared.
RESULTS: There were 8.9% (367/4118) patients with a diagnosis of choledocholithiasis confirmed by MRCP. Single-stage management with LC+LCBDE was performed in 23.7% (87/367) patients. Among them, 23 cases were performed between January 2013 and December 2015, and 64 cases were performed between January 2016 and December 2018. The introduction of simulator-enhanced practicing program in January 2016 has resulted in an increase in the percentage of performed LCBDE, from 12.9% to 33.9%. In addition, there was an 29.5% reduction in the mean operating time (from 193 min to 136 min) needed for LCBDE with T-tube when compared these two periods.
CONCLUSIONS: LCBDE simulator can improve the application in a low volume center, and help to increase the utilization of this effective, one stage treatment for choledocholithiasis and reduce the need for costlier ERCP.


KEY WORDS: LCBDE; Choledocholithiasis; LCBDE simulator; Simulation-based practicing program

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