Pernille Tine Jensen

Surgeons' muscle load during robotic-assisted laparoscopy performed with a regular office chair and the preferred of two ergonomic chairs: A pilot study

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  • T Dalager, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark; Centre for Innovative Medical Technology, Odense University Hospital, Sdr. Boulevard 29, Entrance 101, 3rd Floor, 5000 Odense C, Denmark. Electronic address: tdalager@health.sdu.dk.
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  • P T Jensen
  • T S Winther, Syddansk Universitet
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  • T R Savarimuthu, Syddansk Universitet
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  • A Markauskas, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Odense University Hospital, Sdr. Boulevard 29, 5000 Odense C, Denmark.
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  • O Mogensen
  • K Søgaard, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark; Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Winsløwparken 19, 5000 Odense C, Denmark.

Surgeons work in awkward work postures and have high precision demands - well-known risk factors for musculoskeletal pain. Robotic-assisted laparoscopy is expected to be less demanding compared to conventional laparoscopy; however, studies indicate that robotic-assisted laparoscopy is also associated with poor ergonomics and musculoskeletal pain. The ergonomic condition in the robotic console is partially dependent upon the chair provided, which often is a regular office chair. Our study quantified and compared the muscular load during robotic-assisted laparoscopy using one of two custom built ergonomic chairs and a regular office chair. The results demonstrated no differences that could be considered clinically relevant. Overall, the study showed high levels of static and mean muscular activity, increased perceived physical exertion from pre-to-post surgery, and moderate to high risk for musculoskeletal injuries measured by the Rapid Upper Limb Assessment worksheet. Authors advocate for further investigation in surgeons' ergonomics and physical work demands in robotic surgery.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftApplied Ergonomics
Vol/bind78
Sider (fra-til)286-292
Antal sider7
ISSN0003-6870
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2019
Eksternt udgivetJa

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