Video Games Help Surgeons

May 25, 2006

laparoscopic.jpgA new study has found that surgeons who play video games prior to performing surgery were faster and made fewer mistakes than those who did not. The research was conducted on 303 surgeons who were practicing laparoscopic surgery, a form of internal surgery in which narrow instruments and a tiny video camera are inserted through a small incision in the body. Results from the study showed that surgeons who warmed up on games like "Super Monkey Ball" for at least twenty minutes completed training exercises an average of eleven seconds faster than the regular surgeons. The study also showed that surgeons who played video games were less likely to be busy on Saturday nights, more likely to have personal hygiene issues, and more susceptible to the harsh scorn of the opposite sex.


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