Numerous medical training institutions find that integrating laparoscopic simulation into their curriculum both improves training outcomes and ultimately supports better patient care. Benefit from VirtaMed’s decades of experience and expertise in laparoscopy training and education. Your residents will enter the OR with confidence!
Prof. Dieter Hahnloser, Head Physician Visceral Surgery, CHUV Lausanne, Switzerland
Start training with your patient in the right position relative to the operative team. Organs move individually and in real time.
Advanced tissue feedback gives you the sense of touching, lifting and applying tension to simulated organs and tissues.
Surgeons learn to master their instruments alongside an assistant with a camera, optimally preparing them for the operating room.
LaparoS™ Essential Skills
The perfect setup to practice essential laparoscopic skills while benefiting from mixed reality training. Objective feedback metrics provide proficiency-based feedback to help residents accelerate their learning curve.
Using a simulated 0° and 30° optic, residents can become proficient in camera navigation, eye-hand coordination, and development of ambidextrous psychomotor skills. All instruments have authentic ring handles and virtual instrument tips such as clip applicators, scissors, needle holder and atraumatic graspers.
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LaparoS™ General Surgery
Start by positioning your patient, reverse Trendelenburg or supine, and place Active Trocars™ for your scope and instruments. Stand side-by-side with a colleague for team training, or train in stand-alone mode.
Inserting the laparoscope allows you to examine the entire insufflated peritoneal cavity as you introduce more trocars and instruments. Use a combination of blunt dissection and electrosurgical instruments, and feel tissue feedback individual to each organ.
Condensed training cases focus on specific skills and adverse events, allowing residents to focus on repeating and mastering each skill individually. Improve ambidextrous and non-dominant hand skills using rare Situs inversus totalis patient cases. Choose which anatomical variations you encounter to avoid surprises in the OR.
LaparoS™ Gynecological Laparoscopy
Start by moving your patient into the Trendelenburg position and place Active Trocars™ for your scope and instruments. Stand side-by-side with a colleague for team training, or train in stand-alone mode.
Residents progress through training cases for diagnostic laparoscopy, anatomy identification, clipping and cutting, and more training cases derived from highly realistic scenarios including Hysterectomy, Tubal Ligation, Uterine Vessel Ligation, Ovarian Cystectomy, Salpingectomy, Adnexectomy, Endometriosis and Salpingotomy for management of ectopic pregnancies.
The platform is also compatible with the VirtaMed GynoS™ Hysteroscopy training modules to provide comprehensive training in line with ACGME, ABOG and ACOG milestones.
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VirtaMed laparoscopic platform
VirtaMed LaparoS™ includes an anatomically correct abdomen model that can be used for (reverse) Trendelenburg positioning as appropriate to the training case. Free choice of portals enables trainees to learn instrument handling with different trocar placement. Realistic laparoscopic instruments have been adapted for simulation and combine full freedom of movement with authentic haptic interactions. The simulator is optimized for ergonomic training with an adjustable operative height and a movable multi-touch screen.
VirtaMed LaparoS™ is a multidisciplinary platform, allowing you to rapidly switch between laparoscopy and further VirtaMed modules and anatomies: GynoS™, UroS™ and ArthroS™.
We offer several different levels of service and support packages tailored specifically to the needs of hospitals and training centers. These can provide you with completed coverage (and peace of mind) when it comes to protecting your investment and getting the most out of your simulator. More about VirtaMed customer service and support
Keep your focus on education with remote access; conveniently assign courses and manage curricula, and motivate students with online leader boards, all from the convenience of your office.
Connect lets you track student and cohort progress, helping you easily coach students on key areas for improvement and capture and compare student results over time.
Use Connect to scale simulation to your needs. Because it is cloud-based, Connect can help you easily manage multi-simulator or multi-site training programs.
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Training & Education
Our T&E team is here to help you get the most out of your simulator. In addition to introductory sessions, the T&E team offers in-depth training in a variety of areas and in multiple languages (English, German, French, Italian and Chinese). The T&E team can organize trainings that are as diverse as our customers, catering to groups of all sizes and interests. For example, they have helped customers develop courses for trainees preparing for the European board exam or the Swiss Orthopedic exam as well as courses for experienced professionals looking to train on the less-common joints such as the ankle. More about the VirtaMed Training & Education services
Introducing PelvicSim™ Mini, the luggage-sized simulator for frequent travelers
September 07, 2015The world has already seen the VirtaMed PelvicSim™ stationary simulator for the placement of Intrauterine Systems (IUS) indicated for long acting contraception; we have also introduced the PelvicSim™ Portable for easy transport. Now we are proud to present the PelvicSim™ Mini, our newest and smallest anatomic simulator.
ETH Zurich ranked among the best universities in the world
September 21, 2015According to QS World University Rankings, ETH Zurich is among the top ten best universities in the world. VirtaMed, an ETH Spin-off, congratulates its place of origin, partner and alma mater to many of its employees for the global recognition.
Comprehensive virtual reality training for all FDA-approved IUC devices now also featuring Liletta™
October 05, 2015Training goes virtual reality: Since 2013, ARMS, Affiliates Risk Management Services, Inc., has partnered with Swiss simulation specialist, VirtaMed AG, to simulate placement of all FDA-approved intrauterine conception (IUC) devices as part of the ARMS mobile simulation program. The latest module has been launched in August 2015: Training on the Liletta™ device.
VirtaMed ArthroS™ software update - the next level in diagnostic arthroscopy
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VirtaMed and ARMS to develop transvaginal ultrasound simulator
December 22, 2015VirtaMed is again working with Affiliates Risk Management Services; this time the companies have come together to create a virtual reality simulator for transvaginal ultrasound examination. The goal is to help physicians diagnose rare conditions during early pregnancy.
Meet VirtaMed: “I’m very happy to be in a field that helps people”
December 22, 2015When Carolyn O’Brien took a job at VirtaMed as the company’s only hardware engineer in May 2011, she was still finishing up her Master’s thesis in Mechanical Engineering at ETH. Now VirtaMed has several teams devoted to hardware, and Carolyn no longer identifies herself as a mechanical engineer. She is, however, our rocket scientist.
Video: Custom-made VirtaMed simulator for NxThera's Rezum BPH treatment
January 21, 2016VirtaMed developed a custom-made simulator for showcasing and training for NxThera's Rezum water vapor treatment for BPH. We interviewed NxThera President & CEO Bob Paulson, Senior Systems Engineer Matt Byrne, and Senior Manager Professional Education and Training Amanda Heyes, and asked how they feel about the simulator and their company's collaboration with VirtaMed.
Validation of a virtual reality-based simulator for shoulder arthroscopy
Stefan Rahm, Marco Germann, Andreas Hingsammer, Karl Wieser, Christian GerberThis study was to determine face and construct validity of a new virtual reality-based shoulder arthroscopy simulator which uses passive haptic feedback.
Assessment of a high-fidelity mobile simulator for intrauterine contraception training in ambulatory reproductive health centres
Laura E. Dodge, Michele R. Hacker, Sarah H. Averbach, Sara F. Voit and Maureen E. PaulLittle is known about the utility of simulation-based training in office gynaecology. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate the self-reported effectiveness and acceptability of the PelvicSim™ (VirtaMed), a highfidelity mobile simulator, to train clinicians in intrauterine device (IUD) insertion.
VirtaMed introduces virtual reality simulation for ACL reconstruction
February 17, 2016VirtaMed has developed a virtual reality simulation for ACL reconstruction. This new orthopedic training module for knee arthroscopy will be available for the VirtaMed ArthroS™ simulator, and the company will introduce it at the AAOS 2016 conference in Orlando, FL.
Meet VirtaMed: “Photorealism is great, but solving a teaching problem is more important”
March 29, 2016Basil Fierz is part of the software engine team that works to improve the performance of VirtaMed’s surgical simulator systems. In other words, Basil’s job is to solve problems that customers didn’t even know they had.
VirtaMed introduces customized imaging technologies for KARL STORZ UroTrainer simulator
September 27, 2016PDD and SPECTRA A/B, developed by KARL STORZ for the IMAGE1 S camera platform, are two different imaging technologies with the same goal: to help surgeons recognize different tissues during operation. Physicians can now experience the benefits of both technologies in virtual reality by using the VirtaMed-powered endoscopic UroTrainer simulator.
Evaluation of the HystSim™-virtual reality trainer: an essential additional tool to train hysteroscopic skills outside the operation theater
Felix Neis, Sara Brucker, Melanie Henes, F. Andrei Taran, Sascha Hoffmann, Markus Wallwiener, Birgitt Schönfisch, Nicole Ziegler, Angelika Larbig, Rudy Leon De WildeMinimally invasive surgery is a major pillar of gynecological surgery. However, there are very few training opportunities outside the operation theater (OR) due to the cost and equipment requirements of organ simulators, virtual reality trainers (VRT) are promising tools to fill this gap.
Pure science, no fiction: All VirtaMed simulators validated by medical research
March 29, 2016A virtual reality surgical simulator can look good, save money and boost your image. However, none of that means anything if the simulator doesn’t do what it was built to do: prepare practitioners for real-life medical procedures. That’s why validation studies are so important, and that’s why we’re so proud to say that all our simulators have been validated by the medical community. Three recent studies evaluated the HystSim™, PelvicSim™ and ArthroS™ Shoulder simulators.