European grant awarded for innovative orthopedic training simulatorJune 09, 2021
Swiss company VirtaMed, together with the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg, are awarded EUR 0.5 million in a Eurostars Grant to improve training for meniscus repair.
VirtaMed, the world leader in data-driven medical simulation training, together with the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL), a public hospital of Luxembourg city, will develop a mixed reality simulator to support surgical skills training for advanced arthroscopic meniscus repair. Proficiency-based training is forecast to improve patient outcomes for sports medicine procedures.
Meniscal injury is one of the most common sports injuries and its incidence presently estimated at 60 per 100’000, though the true incidence is likely to be largely underestimated. Although more than 30% of meniscus tears are assessed suitable for repair, less than 10% are repaired internationally and partial meniscectomy remains the main surgical treatment option. This means that many patients today have part of their meniscus resected (permanently removed) rather than repaired.
The orthopedics and sports medicine department at CHL as the project partner brings necessary clinical experience to steer the project from the medical side. The team has published numerous scientific publications in internationally recognized journals and was among the first that developed and described techniques to perform advanced meniscus repair.
As the project lead, VirtaMed has extensive expertise in developing the technology and educational concepts for mixed reality surgical simulators. The project will enhance existing capabilities that have been developed over the last decade and will trigger new innovations specifically for meniscal repair procedures. The final solution will be an important addition to the ArthroS™ simulation platform, which is the global leader in arthroscopic skills training.
The project is scheduled to start in September 2021 and will be completed within 2 years, with the solution made available worldwide on VirtaMed’s ArthroS™ training platforms.
About Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg
The Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL) is a public hospital of Luxembourg city, a center for diagnosis, care, treatment, hospitalization, research, and education. Its orthopedic surgery department is recognized as a teaching center from the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) as well as the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA), and publishes around 50 scientific articles per year. For more information, visit www.chl.lu.
VirtaMed is the world leader in data-driven medical education, using mixed reality simulators for minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in orthopedics, urology, ob/gyn and general surgery. Combining virtual reality graphics with original instruments and anatomic models for realistic tactile feedback, VirtaMed partners with medical societies, medical device companies and teaching institutions.
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