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VOLUME 14 , ISSUE 1 ( January-April, 2021 ) > List of Articles


Technical Report: A Modification in Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Technique for Left-handed Surgeons

Alireza Tavassoli, Seyed Hassan Babaee, Maryam Asgarian Yazdi

Citation Information : Tavassoli A, Babaee SH, Yazdi MA. Technical Report: A Modification in Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Technique for Left-handed Surgeons. World J Lap Surg 2021; 14 (1):46-47.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10033-1441

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-04-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Introduction: Studies show very few articles addressed left-handed surgeons and their problems. Difficulties occur in using the tools and methods that have been invented by right-handed surgeons. Some previous studies have shown that surgical left-handed residents have much less skilled hands. This study aims to describe some changes that were made that led to 40 safe and comfortable cholecystectomy procedures. Materials and surgical technique: The most important changes compared to the standard method are about trocar placing to improve alignment for a left-handed surgeon. Result: Forty surgeries using the modified methods were done and in comparison to the standard method were much smoother, faster, and with fewer side effects. Discussion: By our modification left-handed surgeons can improve their safety and their comfort during operations and expand their skills in this regard.

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