Introducing the Xitact LS500 laparoscopy simulator: toward a revolution in surgical education

Surg Technol Int. 2003:11:32-6.


Minimal invasive surgery has become the primary technique-of-choice for uncomplicated, symptomatic cholelithiasis. Skills needed for performing laparoscopic cholecystectomy cannot be extrapolated directly from the open surgical technique. An obvious need exists for a valid, objective, and repetitive teaching and training setting for minimally invasive surgery. The surgical skills laboratory may have an important role in acquisition of such skills. New technologies, such as virtual-reality surgical simulation, provide objective, trainee-friendly methods of training. Both surgeons and residents believe it is important to train residents in minimally invasive surgical techniques, using virtual-reality surgical simulation within the context of the surgical skills laboratory. This article highlights the features of one of the most promising technical novelties in the area of surgical virtual- reality simulation, the Xitact LS500 laparoscopy simulator.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic / education*
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency
  • Laparoscopes*
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / education
  • Patient Simulation
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Teaching