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Training surgeons - Paget hosts skills course

14 November 2018

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Surgical trainees from across East Anglia visited the James Paget yesterday, Tuesday 13 November, to take part in our 'Paget Laparoscopic Skills Course'.

Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery or keyhole surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed through small incisions.

The course, held in the Wet Lab in our Education & Training Centre, was the third organised at our hospital by Consultant Surgeon and Surgical Tutor Kamal Aryal and his Postgraduate Medical Education colleagues, with support from Johnson & Johnson, Storz and Applied Medical.

In the morning the course covered hands-on training in porcine tissue – including gall bladder removal and the joining of intestine – while the afternoon saw the ten students learn via the live streaming of keyhole surgery performed by Mr Aryal and his colleagues Mr Roshan Lal and Mr Vamsi Velchuru .

Mr Aryal said; “The team set up the lab the day before and my colleagues and I are on hand during the course to guide the students, who work in pairs on laparoscopic techniques in the morning before observing and critiquing the live operations in the afternoon. The aim is to make them competent key hole surgeons in removing gall bladder, perform hernia operations and intestinal surgeries as they continue their training to become consultant surgeons.”

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