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Bengtsson, Jan
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Warrén Stomberg, M., Tronstad, S.- . -., Hedberg, K., Bengtsson, J., Jonsson, P., Johansen, L. & Lindvall, B. (2010). Work-related musculoskeletal disorders when performing laparoscopic surgery.. Surgical laparoscopy, endoscopy & percutaneous techniques, 20(1), 49-53
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2010 (English)In: Surgical laparoscopy, endoscopy & percutaneous techniques, ISSN 1530-4515, E-ISSN 1534-4908, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 49-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: The aim of this study was to survey the occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders in the population of gynecologists and general surgeons performing laparoscopic surgery.

Methods: A questionnaire was distributed to 558 general surgeons and gynecologists and 378 were answered (68%). Descriptive data analysis and statistical calculations were performed.

Results: One or more disturbing symptoms were common among laparoscopists. More than 70% of the laparoscopists had one or more symptom. Pain was the most common symptom followed by fatigue and stiffness. Lower back, neck, and shoulders were most frequently affected. Headache and visual discomfort were also reported. Longer workload over time and ageing resulted in significantly more disorders (P<0.01). Female physicians had significantly more disorders (P<0.01).

Conclusions: This study revealed musculoskeletal disorders in a majority of laparoscopists. The laparoscopic technique often requires static and tiring work positions, sometimes extreme, which can explain musculoskeletal disorders among general surgeons and gynecologist.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Medical sciences
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-4308 (URN)10.1097/SLE.0b013e3181cded54 (DOI)000275530300011 ()20173622 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-77649158905 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2010-08-24 Created: 2010-08-24 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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