LaparoscopicSurg organizes simulation activities, courses and symposiums addressed to both Tunisian and foreign surgeons who are willing to develop their skills into minimal access and videoassisted techniques.The LaparoscopicSurg hosts every year laparoscopic training courses for basic and advanced techniques. 20 participants are admitted for every course.
The goal of the program is to help practicing physicians:
Improve proficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of patients requiring laparoscopic surgery Learn the appropriate criteria for selecting patients that may benefit from surgical intervention and thus improve surgical outcomes Learn innovative laparoscopic strategies and techniques.
Be board-certified or board-eligible surgeons who routinely perform basic laparoscopic procedures Have practicing privileges in their parent institution Provide a statement of goals and expectations, along with the application
Basic laparoscopic procedures include laparoscopic cholecystectomy, laparoscopic appendectomy, and diagnostic laparoscopy. All other laparoscopic operations are defined as “advanced”. Prior to performing advanced laparoscopic procedures, the resident must be familiar with and experienced in basic laparoscopic skills.
LaparoscopicSurg offers courses in basic laparoscopy at least twice a month. These three-day courses focus on the basic principles and skills of laparoscopic surgery. It includes hands-on laboratory experience in addition to didactic lectures. The center includes some of the most experienced and respected endoscopic surgeons. LaparoscopicSurg has initiated such courses on an international level to bring basic laparoscopic skills to the active surgeons.
Acquisition of basic laparoscopic skills must precede the performance of advanced laparoscopic operations. There is a core group of fundamental skills common to all advanced laparoscopic operations. Such skills are best acquired in skills laboratories using surgical trainers, virtual reality trainers, or other simulated operating conditions before the trainee performs these procedures in the operating room on patients. Examples of such skills include two-handed instrument manipulation, dissection, intracorporeal suturing, ... Since many advanced laparoscopic skills are common to all advanced laparoscopic operations, experience in one operation is likely to enhance the acquisition of skills necessary to perform others.