Learning a new robotic surgical device: Telelap Alf X in gynaecological surgery

Int J Med Robot. 2016 Sep;12(3):490-5. doi: 10.1002/rcs.1672. Epub 2015 Jun 11.


Background: To assess the learning curve associated with tele-assisted surgery.

Methods: We performed a training box-based study, describing speed and accuracy in volunteers performing basic and complex laparoscopic tasks, to assess performance and in the skill acquisition of inexperienced users, using the Telelap Alf X system. Ten surgeons in gynaecology who had never received formal instruction on this new surgical device, completed four modules during a consecutive 3 day training programme.

Results: All the participants completed the training programme with a good learning curve.

Conclusions: Use of the TELELAP Alf X advanced surgical robotic system is associated with a rapid learning curve among experienced surgeons. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Keywords: Telelap Alf X; tele-assisted surgery; training programme.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / education
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy / education
  • Laparoscopy / instrumentation*
  • Learning Curve
  • Robotic Surgical Procedures / education
  • Robotic Surgical Procedures / instrumentation*