Examining the learning curve of robotic surgery

Trushar Patel, Ketan K. Badani

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The learning curve is can be generally defined as the number of cases a surgeon must complete to gain proficiency at a procedure, at which point further training would not lead to any more improvement in technique or outcome. As the popularity of robotic surgery increases there is an increased emphasis on how to best translate traditional operative teaching to the realm of robotic surgery in order to lessen the burden of this learning curve. The use of surgical simulators, dual console systems, and mentor programs have all been implemented to help overcome steep aspects of the learning curve. Large series have demonstrate improved surgical and oncologic outcomes than smaller reports, which is indicative of a learning curve.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRobotic Urologic Surgery, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781848828001
ISBN (Print)9781848827998
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


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