Impact of laparoscopic experience on virtual robotic simulator dexterity

Byung Yoo, Jin Kim, Jae Cho, Jae Shin, Dong Lee, Jung Kwak, Seon Kim

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Background: Different skills are required for robotic surgery and laparoscopic surgery. We hypothesized that the laparoscopic experience would not affect the performance with the da Vinci system. A virtual robotic simulator was used to estimate the operator′s robotic dexterity. Materials and Methods: The performance of 11 surgical fellows with laparoscopic experience and 14 medical students were compared using the dV-trainer. Each subject completed three virtual endo-wrist modules (Pick and Place, Peg Board, and Match Board). Performance was recorded using a built-in scoring algorithm. Results: In the Peg Board module, the performance of surgical fellows was better in terms of the number of instrument collisions and number of drops (P < 0.05). However, no significant differences were found in the percentage scores of the three endo-wrist modules between the groups. Conclusion: Robotic dexterity was not significantly affected by laparoscopic experience in this study. Laparoscopic experience is not an important factor for learning robotic skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-71
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Minimal Access Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Da Vinci
  • dV-trainer
  • laparoscopic experience
  • robotic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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