Essential Laparoscopic Skills

Course Duration: Three days

Time: 09:00-17:00

Course Director: Dr Amir Darakshan

The aim of this 3-day course is to cover the main principles of laparoscopic surgery, the basics of
laparoscopic set-up and familiarisation with the kit and instruments, principles of safe laparoscopic surgery,
laparoscopic exercises utilising box trainers and Lap VR trainers and ultimately laparoscopic
appendicectomy and cholecystectomy.

Course content:

Day 1

  • Setting up and troubleshooting a laparoscopic stack
  • Instruments, Ports and Access
  • Familiarisation with, and use of laparoscopic instruments
  • Access and closure
  • Laparoscopic skills and dissection including:
    – Safe camera use, triangulation, depth cueing
    – Use of instruments
    – Laparoscopic exercises

Day 2

  • Principles of Knotting & Suturing
    – Intracorporeal knotting, suturing (interrupted, continuous), Roeder knot
  • Energy Sources
    – Principles and practice on animal tissue, principles and practice
  • Appendicectomy
    – Practice on models and Lap VR
    – Management of appendix stump: suturing, Endoloop
  • Closure of perforated ulcer
    – Principles, dissection and landmarks
    – Suturing, omentoplasty

Day 3

  • Cholecystectomy
    – Principles and techniques
    – Anatomical landmarks
    – Mobilisation, dissection, duct/vessel clipping, GB removal
  • Laparoscopic Virtual Reality sessions


This course is suitable for:

  • All surgical trainees taking up their first surgical appointment
  • Senior surgical trainees wishing to refresh their skills
  • Urology, O&G and Paediatric Surgery trainees
  • The course is designed for 16 participants in eight groups of two.


  • 23rd – 25th June 2020 – book tickets here
  • 10th – 12th November 2020 – book tickets here


Please contact the Simulation Team for more information

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