World Neurosurg 2017 Jun 12;102:608-612. Epub 2017 Mar 12.
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Brain Tumor Center, University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Electronic address:
Background: No clear consensus yet defines the endpoints for operative learning curves in the transition to minimally invasive endoscopic techniques. This retrospective review of our first 202 patients who underwent endoscopic pituitary resection examines the statistical learning curve related to operative times-a measure of our surgical team's efficiency and complication rate, a reflection of surgical skill and maturity.
Methods: Retrospective chart review included patient demographic data, tumor type, operative time, complications, and follow-up. Read More