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SURG5043: Surgical Endoscopy

Endoscopy has rapidly become the mainstay of modern, minimally invasive surgical practise and includes diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. In this unit of study you will gain insight into the current and potential surgical applications of endoscopy. You will develop a deep understanding of the core principles of endoscopy, its history, safety considerations and general troubleshooting, along with an overview of its uses in multiple subspecialties, and gain from practical experience at a compulsory simulation workshop.

Code SURG5043
Academic unit Surgery
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Candidates are advised to have completed a surgical internship or similar with some prior exposure to endoscopy

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the rationale for endoscopy, including its effects on human physiology
  • LO2. evaluate the history of endoscopy
  • LO3. differentiate the types of endoscopic hardware, indications and limitations of the equipment, assembly technique, sterilisation & safe storage guidelines, and demonstrate their manual handling
  • LO4. analyse the basic principles + different types of endoscopy
  • LO5. compare the relevant indications/contraindications for the various forms of endoscopy
  • LO6. assess patient preparation required and discuss informed consent
  • LO7. compare the clinical settings in which endoscopy takes place, and the standards & frameworks that are in place in order to clean/disinfect/store the equipment and ensure patient safety by preventing cross-infection or faulty equipment
  • LO8. critique principles behind techniques for key endoscopic areas – upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, nasopharynx & lungs, abdominal laparoscopy
  • LO9. evaluate the limitations of current equipment, and appraise future areas of development.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.