Application of multidirectional stitching technology in a laparoscopic suturing instructional program: a randomized controlled trial

Yu Zhao, Qiong Chen, Jia-Ning Hu, Qi Shen, Lu Xia, Lin-Zhi Yan, Yi Wang, Xiu-Jie Zhu, Wen-Ju Li, Yue Hu, Qiong Zhang
2020 BMC Medical Education  
Surgeon suturing technology plays a pivotal role in patient recovery after laparoscopic surgery. Intracorporal suturing and knot tying in minimally invasive surgery are particularly challenging and represent a key skill for advanced procedures. In this study, we compared the application of multidirectional stitching technology with application of the traditional method in a laparoscopic suturing instructional program. We selected forty residents within two years of graduation to assess the
more » ... alized teaching of laparoscopic suturing with laparoscopic simulators. The forty students were randomly divided into two groups, a control group and an experimental group, with twenty students in each group. The control group was scheduled to learn the traditional suture method, and the experimental group applied multidirectional stitching technology. The grades for suturing time, thread length, accuracy of needle entry, stability of the knot, tissue integrity, and tightness of the tissue before and after the training program were calculated. There was no significant difference between the two groups before the learning intervention. After the program, both groups significantly improved in each subject. There were significant differences between the control group and the experimental group in suture time (P = 0.001), accuracy of needle entry and exit (P = 0.035), and whether the suture tissue had cracks (P = 0.030). However, the two groups showed non-significant differences in thread length (P = 0.093), stablity of the knot (P = 0.241), or tightness of the tissue (P = 0.367). Multidirectional stitching technology improves the efficiency and effectiveness of traditional laparoscopic suture instructional programs. It might be a practicable, novel training method for acquiring proficiency in manual laparoscopic skills in a training setting.
doi:10.1186/s12909-020-02146-w pmid:32753043 fatcat:26x6va3ckbcndistfrqfniapre