Advanced Certificate Course in Abdomino-Pelvic Laparoscopy

Course Description

With the evolution of gynecological surgery, the gold-standard approach for most procedures is laparoscopic surgery. However, the rate of minimally invasive approaches in major procedures in most Africa countries including Uganda is less than 5%. Performing laparoscopic procedures requires special skills. Thus, didactic, practical courses represent the most valuable tool required to improve surgical techniques, develop the necessary psychomotor abilities, and become comfortable with the equipment.

This course is thus, designed to provide the participants with the required knowledge of Laparoscopy and psychomotor skills as well as practice the procedure on animal models in order to apply the learned techniques to live surgery.

Course Objectives

This course is aimed at the acquisition and improvement of the laparoscopic techniques for dissection and suturing which is particularly difficult for surgeons new to this type of procedure.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the female pelvis surgical anatomy in great details.
  2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the different techniques and options for a “risk-free” abdominal access
  3. Perform a specific practice of:
    • Setup of the laparoscopic system
    • Use energy in a safe manner
    • Abdominal access techniques
    • Orientation in abdomen
    • Step-by-step Laparoscopic Salpingectomy
    • Step-by-step Laparoscopic treatment of the Extrauterine Pregnancy (EUP)
    • Step-by-step Laparoscopic Salpingo-Oophorectomy
  4. Demonstrate dissection technique and the laparoscopic suture with controlateral and suprapubic access (simple knotting, continuous suturing)
  5. Perform a detailed simulation of laparoscopic surgical interventions, with abdominal dissection and suture through 3Dprinted anatomic models

Target Audience

This course is designed for obstetricians/gynaecologists or general surgeons, gynaecologists, residents/fellows in Obstetrics and Gynecology or experienced senior medical officers with prior experience or training in the performance of abdomino-pelvic surgery with an interest in laparoscopy.

Course Duration

This 4-day, clinically oriented, interactive, hands-on training course offers advanced lectures complemented hands-on activities and discussion with experts.

Teaching Format

  1. Interactive theoretical and video sessions between Faculty and course participants
  2. Case presentations and interactive group discussion with experts.
  3. Hands-on practice on live tissue (mini-pigs).
    • During hands-on session, participants will be divided into small groups to practice surgical techniques on anaesthetized animals.
  4. Live operative and pre-recorded video demonstrations

CME Credits: 24.0