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Construction of a Low-cost Homemade Laparoscopic Simulator for Use in a Caribbean Setting

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.047
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20-3
Synopsis: 
Training in laparoscopic surgery is essential for today’s surgical residents, but surgical simulators are costly. This article described the construction of a cheap, easy-to-assemble laparoscopic simulator which is suitable for use in training Caribbean residents in laparoscopic surgery.

ABSTRACT

Background: To the modern surgeon in training, the acquisition of laparoscopic skills is essential. Laparoscopic simulators are effective, but in the often-resource-poor setting of the Caribbean, the cost of these simulators is often prohibitive. We describe the construction of a simulator which is cheap, easy to assemble and effective. It is also relatively easy to mass produce for use in training programmes across the region.

Revised: 
02 May, 2016
Accepted: 
25 May, 2016
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e-Published: 13 Jun, 2016

Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication for Improved Gastrointestinal Symptoms and Quality of Life

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Pages: 
8–12
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This article examines the role of laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication in the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. It describes how the procedure favourably affected symptomatology and gastrointestinal-related quality of life among a population of 24 patients.

ABSTRACT

Objective: The purpose of this study was to establish baseline data for a procedure that has yet to be defined within a Caribbean population. Using a specifically designed postoperative questionnaire, symptomatology and quality of life were assessed before and after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication.

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e-Published: 17 Sep, 2013

Laparoscopic Heller’s Myotomy for Treatment of Achalasia in the Caribbean

The History of Laparoscopic General Surgery in the Caribbean

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Pages: 
467–71
Synopsis: 
This article serves to trace the history of laparoscopic surgery in the West Indies and to uncover the advances in this field in the Caribbean.

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Objective: The first world witnessed a laparoscopic revolution in the 1990s. At the start, laparoscopic surgery was heavily criticized and ridiculed. Despite this, the specialty has blossomed where almost any procedure can be done laparoscopically with the now obvious tremendous benefit to the patients. The objective of this paper is to examine where the Caribbean is placed relative to the rest of the world in terms of laparoscopic surgery and to understand why we are here.

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e-Published: 21 Aug, 2013
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