Surgical Simulators

Box trainers and computer based hi-fidelity systems with haptic feedback allow students and professionals to perform a wide variety of surgical tasks with the actual instruments to develop dexterity and achieve a high level of precision.

CAE Endoscopic Simulator

The CEA endoscopic simulator is a computer based simulator with a haptic interface that provides force feedback to emulate the look and feel of an actual procedure. The simulator has interchangeable anatomical plates and scopes to allow for training in bronchoscopy, upper G.I and lower G.I. procedures individually on a single platform.

Some key features:

Bronchoscopy Modules

  • Discuss the indications, contraindications and complications of flexible bronchoscopy and the skills necessary to perform a bronchoscopic examination of the upper and lower airway
  • Describe and perform the correct technique for holding and manipulating the bronchoscope
  • Discuss the anatomic structures external to the lungs that are relevant to the bronchoscopist and the spatial relationship of the tracheobronchial tree to adjacent anatomic structures
  • Discuss the anatomic structures external to the lungs that are relevant to the bronchoscopist and the spatial relationship of the tracheobronchial tree to adjacent anatomic structures
  • Describe the procedural steps necessary to perform a complete bronchoscopic examination of the upper and lower airway
  • Understand the anatomy of the upper and lower airway as viewed through a bronchoscope
  • Visualize the structure of the tracheobronchial tree and identify a variety of endobronchial lesions.

Introduction to Bronchoscopy

  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage
  • Endobronchial Sampling
  • Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (TBNA)
  • Pediatric Difficult Airways
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Modules

  • Discuss the indications, contraindications and complications of flexible esophagogastroduodenscopy (EGD), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy and the skills necessary to perform an endoscopic examination of the upper and lower GI tract.
  • Describe and perform the correct technique for holding and manipulating the endoscopes.
  • Discuss the anatomic structures of the GI tract and its spatial relationship to adjacent structures.
  • Describe the procedural steps and be able perform a complete endoscopic examination of the upper or lower GI tract
  • Understand the anatomy of the upper and lower GI tract as viewed through an endoscope.
  • Visualize the GI tract and identify a variety of pathologic lesions.
  • Sample pathologic lesions and remove polyps with a variety of cytological and biopsy methods.
  • Cannulate the duodenal papilla and evaluate the bile and pancreatic ducts with fluoroscopy.

Upper GI Modules Include:

  • Introduction to EGD
  • Introduction to ERCP

Lower GI Modules Include:

  • Introduction to Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: Supplemental cases
  • Introduction to Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy: Biopsy
  • Colonoscopy: Polypectomy

For complete product information see: http://caehealthcare.com/

FLS Stations

The Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) trainer box is a device for surgical residents and practicing surgeons that facilitates the development of psychomotor skills and dexterity required during the performance of basic laparoscopic surgery. The manual skills set includes peg transferring, precision cutting, placement and securing of ligating loop, simple suture with intracorporeal knot and simple suture with extracorporeal knot.

For more information see: www.flsprogram.org

Laparoscopic Box Trainers

The laparoscopic box trainer is a bench top trainer used by to train learners in the basic skills involved with laparoscopic surgery. The box trainer utilizes the same laparoscopic instruments, scopes, cameras and light source components found in the operating room. The box trainer can be configured to accommodate numerous basic laparoscopic exercises including Southwest Stations, FLS stations, camera navigation exercises, suturing practice and more.

For more information see: www.karlstorz.com, www.stryker.com or www.utsouthwestern.edu

Mentice VIST Endovascular Simulator

The Mentice VIST system is a high fidelity, computer based endovascular simulator with a haptic interface enabling hands-on procedural training for interventional radiology procedures, cardiac catheterization, neuro-interventional procedures and endovascular procedures.

Some key features:

  • Evidence based validity - proven face, construct and conduct validity
  • Use of real devices and equipment enhancing clinical realism – training with the equipment and devices used in the clinical practice
  • Unique tactile response enabled by active force feedback with independent translation and rotation

Modules include:

  • Coronary Angiography
  • Coronary PRO
  • Aortic Valve Implantation
  • Renal Denervation
  • Cardiac Rhythm Management
  • Transseptal Puncture
  • Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion
  • Peripheral Angiography
  • Renal Intervention
  • Iliac/SFA Intervention
  • Below-the-knee Intervention
  • Endovascular Aortic Repair
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair
  • Carotid Intervention
  • Neuro Intervention
  • Acute Stroke Intervention
  • Uterine Artery Embolization

For more information: www.mentice.com

Surgical Science LapSim

The LapSim laparoscopic simulator is a computer based task trainer with a non-haptic interface used to train learners using modules that range from basic skills up to full laparoscopic procedures.

Some key features:

LapSim Basic Skills

  • Camera Navigation
  • Instrument Navigation
  • Coordination
  • Grasping
  • Cutting
  • Clip Applying
  • Lifting & Grasping
  • Handling Intestines
  • Suturing
  • Precision & Speed
  • Fine Dissection

LapSim Task Training (inspired by FLS)

  • Peg Transfer
  • Pattern Cutting
  • Ligating Loop

LapSim Cholecystectomy

  • Cholecystectomy part 1
  • Cholecystectomy part 2

LapSim Gyn Tubal Occlusion

  • Salpingectomy
  • Tubotomy
  • Myoma Suturing

For complete product information see: http://www.surgical-science.com

Touch of Life Knee Arthroscopic Simulator

The Diagnostic Knee Arthroscopic Simulator (DKAS) is a computer based knee arthroscopic simulator with a haptic interface for force feedback and computer graphics based on the photographic anatomical accuracy of the Visible Human Project.

Learning modules include:

  • Knee examination introduction
  • Anatomy of the knee joint
  • Making portals
  • Right knee exam – scope only
  • Right knee exam – scope and probe
  • Left knee exam – scope only
  • Left knee exam – scope and probe

For complete product information see: www.toltech.net

da Vinci Skills Simulator

The da Vinci Skills Simulator allows surgeons to practice their skills outside of the operating room. The simulator has built-in metrics to provide real-time feedback, as well as track a user's progress. Included exercises range from basic to advanced.

Exercise modules include:

  • EndoWrist Manipulation
  • Camera and Clutching
  • Fourth Arm Integration
  • System Settings
  • Needle Control and Driving
  • Energy and Dissection

For more information: http://www.intuitivesurgical.com/products/skills_simulator/