Rock Hill, South Carolina – 3D Systems officials released two new training modules for its Simbionix ARTHRO Mentor arthroscopic training simulator: the Hip Diagnostics module and the Advanced Knee module. Together, these 3D virtual reality (VR) training solutions improve surgical preparedness and planning for complex orthopaedic procedures.
"These new modules are part of the latest 3D Systems Healthcare technology, materials and know-how that are designed to power personalized surgery," said Kevin McAlea, COO, Healthcare, 3DS. "We are dedicated to helping doctors train for, plan, practice and perform complex medical procedures and achieve better patient outcomes."
The company's expanding digital surgical tools include accurate 3D printed anatomical models, advanced virtual reality simulators, direct metal printing for serial production of orthopedic products, and personalized 3D printed surgical guides and instruments.
The ARTHRO Mentor Hip Diagnostics, the first of its kind, was developed to meet the growing demand for arthroscopic training. Over the past decade a growing number of surgeons have turned to arthroscopy for performing hip procedures in an attempt to avoid the possible pitfalls of open surgery: scarring, blood loss, long recovery times and greater pain. Until now, the lack of available training simulators made this challenging procedure highly difficult to perfect. Today, using the ARTHRO Mentor Hip Diagnostics module, surgeons have the opportunity to experience the 70-degree arthroscope, limited maneuverability and difficult orientation from different portals in the round joint. This allows trainees and experienced surgeons alike to build critical confidence and competencies without risk to patient safety.
The Advanced Knee module provides a realistic, comprehensive training environment for diagnostics, the acquisition of basic skills and practicing a full meniscectomy procedure, which is utilized to repair a torn meniscus. The diagnostics are fully customizable, allowing surgeons to determine the level of difficulty and procedure method. Using the Advanced Knee module, surgeons get a true-to-life practice experience that helps them develop the skills and confidence for live surgery.
Source: 3D Systems