I’ve had two different people send this to me so I thought I should get around to posting about it. Seems a recent study found that surgeons who play video games regularly are benefiting from improved accuracy and efficiency while on the job.
All those years on the couch playing Nintendo and PlayStation appear to be paying off for surgeons. Researchers found that doctors who spent at least three hours a week playing video games made about 37 percent fewer mistakes in laparoscopic surgery and performed the task 27 percent faster than their counterparts who did not play video games.
“I use the same hand-eye coordination to play video games as I use for surgery,” said Dr. James “Butch” Rosser, 49, who demonstrated the results of his study Tuesday at Beth Israel Medical Center.
Rosser said the skill needed for laparoscopic surgery is “like tying your shoelaces with 3-foot-long chopsticks.”
“Yes, here we go!” said Rosser, sitting in front of a Super Monkey Ball game, which shoots a ball into a confined goal. “This is a nice, wholesome game. No blood and guts. But I need the same kind of skill to go into a body and sew two pieces of intestine together.”
Who knows? It may be wise to ask your surgeon if he’s a video gamer before deciding to undergo any laparoscopic surgeries in the future.