The Sinister Surgeon: Advanced Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery for Left-Handed Surgeons

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Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques


Purpose: Left-handed (LH) surgeons face unique challenges in their training and practice. Contrary to the historical and unjust perception of technical inferiority, LH surgeons can thrive under appropriate mentorship and support. Here, we describe modifications to pediatric minimally invasive surgeries to benefit the LH surgeon. Methods: The surgical approaches to common and complex pediatric surgical operations were modified to facilitate training of an LH pediatric surgical fellow. Results: Preoperative preparation, including communication with the operating room team, patient positioning, and provision of appropriate equipment, allowed the procedures to be accomplished in a safe and efficient manner. Conclusions: Modifying complex minimally invasive surgery to allow for use of the dominant hand is feasible and safe.

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