How do we ensure that trainees learn to perform biliary sphincterotomy safely, appropriately, and effectively?

Joseph Leung, Erina Foster

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Abstract

Sphincterotomy is a high-risk procedure with considerable complications. Trainees should learn and understand the basics of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and sphincterotomy to ensure good clinical outcomes. Teaching of sphincterotomy usually involves supervised hands-on clinical practice with patients. Proper positioning of the endoscope allows for correct orientation with the papilla, and performing the cut along the "ideal" biliary axis optimizes results and reduces complications. Learning and practicing sphincterotomy can be supplemented by simulator models. The Neo-Papilla model uses a modified chicken heart attached to the porcine ex vivo model and allows for cutting of actual tissue. The mechanical simulator allows trainees to practice cutting an artificial papilla marked with the "perfect" axis to understand the proper sphincterotomy technique. Understanding the indications and contraindications helps with appropriate application of sphincterotomy. Objective criteria should be available for assessing performance. Improved technique and avoiding a deviated cut may improve overall results and prevent complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Gastroenterology Reports
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Medicine(all)

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