The Ergonomics in Robotic Surgery clinical trial is being conducted to study the role of ergonomics in adjusting robotic surgery consoles to individual body types of operators. The study will look at comfort and physical support of gynecologic surgeons after performing a hysterectomy using a da Vinci robotic surgery console. One group of surgeons will adjust their own console and another group will have the console adjusted by an ergonomist. Both groups will complete two questionnaires on fit and comfort after they perform the hysterectomy. In addition, a surgical task load score to assess time and physical effort will be computed for both groups. The study then will assess the differential outcomes for comfort, pain, and task load for the surgeon- and ergonomist-derived console settings.
For a further description of the study, go to www.clinicaltrials.gov .
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