Surgeons who play video games at least 3 hours a week perform 27% faster and make 37% fewer errors.
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.
Laparoscopic surgery, using a tiny camera and instruments controlled by joysticks outside the body, is performed on just about any part of the body, from an appendix to the colon and gall bladder.
The minimally intrusive surgery involves making tiny keyhole incisions, inserting a mini-video camera that sends images to an external video screen, with the surgical tools remote-controlled by the surgeon watching the screen. Surgeons can now practice their techniques through video simulations.