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First ArthroS knee simulator installed in Germany

May 29, 2013

Proud to be the first in Germany to introduce the most realistic simulator for knee arthroscopy in the orthopedic hospital König-Ludwig-Haus in Würzburg: Professor Maximilian Rudert, Medical Director, PD Dr. Thomas Barthel, Head of Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery and Stephan Reppenhagen, MD.

The ArthroS simulator with knee arthroscopy module will be used at the orthopedic department of the university of Würzburg for medical education and training of young surgeons and students. Until now, the existing training laboratory with regular arthroscopic knee and shoulder models has not been adopted well by the residents. “With our new virtual reality simulator residents can learn arthroscopic skills in a highly motivating, playful environment”, says Prof. Rudert. Especially the course setup offers the chance to complete tasks with rising difficulty and unlock new levels depending on the performance.

Investing into the latest educational simulators and innovative training methods is in line with the vision and goals of the orthopedic hospital in Würzburg. Facilitating the professional and personal development of all employees is one of the major concerns at the König-Ludwig-Haus – this is why they offer a large variety of continuing education programs and advanced professional training.

The ArthroS fits in perfectly with this vision: “What I really like about surgical simulation is the idea of targeted training and objective feedback”, adds Reppenhagen. “I can’t wait to start studies to prove the acquisition and – in the long run – the transfer of skills to the operating room." PD Dr. Barthel points out the availability of ArthroS as a training system: “Training can be performed with or without supervision by experienced surgeons, which gives young surgeons more flexibility to improve their skills.” With the arthroscopy simulator the team in Würzburg will increase teaching capabilities, improve patient safety and enable a standardized education for arthroscopic surgeries to reduce the time young surgeons need to get accustomed in the operating room.

About the Orthopedic Clinic “König-Ludwig-Haus”

The Orthopedic Clinik „König-Ludwig-Haus“ is a hospital for maximum care in diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of all diseases and injuries of organs that have supporting or motion tasks. Arthroscopy, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery and sports orthopedics are part of their large catalogue of skills they offer. The chair for orthopedics at the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg as well as the Orthopedic University Polyclinic are integrated into the Orthopedic Clinic. 

In the “König-Ludwig-Haus“, 3.774 stationary patients were treated in the year 2011, plus an additional 18.043 ambulant patients. The clinic employs a staff of about 330 people and can offer 130 beds in four different stations. The five operating rooms are being used for approximately 4.000 surgeries every year.