BACKGROUND: Laparoscopy is widely accepted as the gold standard for adrenalectomy. Telementoring has been developed to reduce the complications associated with surgeon inexperience. We report our preliminary experience with laparoscopic telementored adrenalectomy. METHODS: From July 2002 to May 2003, eight laparoscopic telementored adrenalectomies were performed between two separate operating sites 430 km apart. Six of these procedures were monolateral laparoscopic adrenalectomies, and one was bilateral. All cases were performed by an expert open surgeon who was skilled in laparoscopic procedure but who had no experience in laparascopic adrenalectomy RESULTS: All the procedures were successfully performed in a telementored fashion. The mean operative times, blood loss, and postoperative morbidity results were comparable to those for standard laparoscopic adrenalectomies reported in the literature. CONCLUSIONS: This preliminary experience has demonstrated the feasibility of national telementoring. It is a viable method that can potentially add to surgical education and decrease the likelihood of complications due to inexperience with new techniques.

Laparoscopic telementored adrenalectomy: the Italian experience

SCARPA R;
2005-01-01

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Laparoscopy is widely accepted as the gold standard for adrenalectomy. Telementoring has been developed to reduce the complications associated with surgeon inexperience. We report our preliminary experience with laparoscopic telementored adrenalectomy. METHODS: From July 2002 to May 2003, eight laparoscopic telementored adrenalectomies were performed between two separate operating sites 430 km apart. Six of these procedures were monolateral laparoscopic adrenalectomies, and one was bilateral. All cases were performed by an expert open surgeon who was skilled in laparoscopic procedure but who had no experience in laparascopic adrenalectomy RESULTS: All the procedures were successfully performed in a telementored fashion. The mean operative times, blood loss, and postoperative morbidity results were comparable to those for standard laparoscopic adrenalectomies reported in the literature. CONCLUSIONS: This preliminary experience has demonstrated the feasibility of national telementoring. It is a viable method that can potentially add to surgical education and decrease the likelihood of complications due to inexperience with new techniques.
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