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Teaching and training in laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair (TAPP): impact of the learning curve on patient outcome.

Authors
  • Bökeler, Ulf
  • Schwarz, Jochen
  • Bittner, Reinhard
  • Zacheja, Steffi
  • Smaxwil, Constantin
Type
Published Article
Journal
Surgical Endoscopy
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2013
Volume
27
Issue
8
Pages
2886–2893
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00464-013-2849-z
PMID: 23436092
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Our study demonstrates that the TAPP learning curve of young trainees is only related to operation time. Therefore, TAPP is a safe and reproducible technique when performed by young trainees under the supervision of experienced laparoscopic surgeons. With an adequate program, the technique can be learned quickly, skillfully, and safely when a standardized technique is used. It should be included as a fundamental part of state-of-the-art trainee programs.

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