A feasibility study of using a high-definition intra-operative exoscope in teaching septorhinoplasty

J Laryngol Otol. 2024 Jan;138(1):115-117. doi: 10.1017/S002221512300052X. Epub 2023 Mar 23.


Objective: This pilot study aimed to assess the feasibility of using a high-definition intra-operative exoscope in teaching septorhinoplasty.

Methods: The exoscope was used in septorhinoplasty cases with different trainers and trainees. A high-definition screen displayed real-time, magnified images. Post-procedure, a questionnaire was completed by trainer and trainees, assessing the feasibility, safety and content validity of the exoscope as a septorhinoplasty training tool.

Results: Trainees and trainers assigned favourable ratings to all aspects of the exoscope as a training tool, particularly with regard to teaching anatomy and improving visualisation.

Conclusion: The exoscope is a potentially effective training tool in septorhinoplasty, and is especially useful in improving visualisation, without restricting the operator. Annotatable intra-operative photographs and videos allow trainees to study cases outside of the operating theatre environment. The use of an exoscope for septorhinoplasty in the UK may facilitate increased hands-on involvement earlier in training than is currently typical.

Keywords: Rhinoplasty; education; technology.

MeSH terms

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Humans
  • Pilot Projects
  • Rhinoplasty* / methods
  • Surveys and Questionnaires