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From The CriticsReviewer: John F. Sweeney, MD (University of Michigan Medical School)
Description: This two-disk CD-ROM set is a description of the anatomy, technical pitfalls, OR setup, and other valuable pieces of advice for laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. One disc is primarily for Windows 95 users, while the other is for Macintosh users. There is narrated, full-color video detailing each step of the procedure with expert commentary.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a full narrated video of the laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication technique.
Audience: For surgeons with skills in advanced laparoscopic surgery, this CD-ROM is an excellent reference point to expand their skills for laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. This is also an excellent resource to identify potential pitfalls and problems during laparoscopic Nissan fundoplication for the novice laparoscopic surgeon. It will also be a valuable resource to residents in training, but it will be a bit over a medical student's level of expertise. The primary author is a credible authority in laparoscopic surgery, and commands a national reputation as a leader in laparoscopic surgical education.
Features: This CD-ROM includes a basic discussion of pathology and pathophysiology of gastroesophageal reflux disease and also of several treatment options, both operative and non-operative. Operative procedure coverage is complete with valuable insights into the technical aspects of the laparoscopic procedure including port placement and laparoscopic room set-up. It is, however, difficult to access some of the video clips of the important steps the laparoscopic procedure. An error message was received when attempting to access the video clips on two separate Windows 95-compatible computers. The color and clarity of some of the graphics are also not very sharp.
Assessment: This is a credible piece of work. However, there were some technical problems during my review of this product that make it less than optimal. Until these can be addressed and there is 100% certainty that the CD-ROM will run on all computers, I would not recommend it at the present time.