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The ergonomic impact of patient body mass index on surgeon posture during simulated laparoscopy

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posted on 2021-07-13, 13:36 authored by R Sers, S Forrester, M Zecca, S Ward, E Moss
Laparoscopy is a cornerstone of modern surgical care, with clear advantages for the patients. However, it has also been associated with inducing upper body musculoskeletal disorders amongst surgeons due to their propensity to assume non-neutral postures. Further, there is a perception that patients with high body mass indexes (BMI) exacerbate these factors. Therefore, surgeon upper body postures were objectively quantified using inertial measurement units and the LUBA ergonomic framework was used to assess posture during laparoscopic training on patient models that simulated BMIs of 20, 30, 40 and 50 kg/m2. In all surgeons the posture of the upper body significantly worsened during simulated laparoscopic surgery on the BMI 50 kg/m2 model as compared to the baseline BMI model of 20 kg/m2. These findings suggest that performing laparoscopic surgery on patients with high BMIs increases the prevalence of non-neutral posture and may further increase the risk of musculoskeletal disorders in surgeons.

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Citation

Applied Ergonomics Volume 97, November 2021, 103501

Author affiliation

Leicester Cancer Research Centre, University of Leicester

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Applied Ergonomics

Volume

97

Pagination

103501

Publisher

Elsevier BV

issn

0003-6870

eissn

1872-9126

Acceptance date

2021-06-08

Copyright date

2021

Available date

2022-06-22

Spatial coverage

England

Language

eng

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