New training module for VirtaMed UroSim™: TURBJune 30, 2014
VirtaMed UroSim™ features a brand new training module for the safe transurethral resection of bladder tumors (TURB). Amongst the numerous challenges: multiple papillary and solid tumors in various sizes and places.
The new TURB module is available on the VirtaMed UroSim™ platform. Thus, it can be combined with TURP and laser BPH training as well as morcellation. It offers four virtual patient cases with multiple papillary and solid bladder tumors in different forms and sizes. Some of them are easy to reach, some of them are in more difficult locations.
Surgeons have the chance to perform complete TURB procedures in a safe environment without any patient-related risks. As always, they use an original resectoscope for the simulated surgery.
The goal of the simulation training is to safely remove bladder tumors while avoiding complications. Bleedings have to be controlled, and the goal of not perforating the thin bladder wall is one of the priorities. As in every VirtaMed simulation module, at the end of the procedure an objective feedback report with exportable movie, pictures, and other relevant data, completes the learning process.
VirtaMed UroSim™ TURB Module:
- Patient case 1: Papillary tumor on right side, solid tumor at the bottom of the bladder
- Patient case 2: Three papillary tumors at the bottom and at the back of the bladder
- Patient case 3: Papillary tumor at the bottom, two solid tumors (sides of the bladder)
- Patient case 4: Multiple papillary and solid tumors at the top of the bladder
About bladder tumors
There are two different kinds of bladder tumors that are part of the VirtaMed UroSim™ training program: papillary carcinomas and flat or solid carcinomas. Papillary carcinomas usually have a thin, elongate form and mostly grow from the inner surface of the bladder towards the center. They are often quite easy to remove, as they do not grow into the deeper layers of the bladder, which is why they are called non-invasive papillary tumors. The other type of bladder carcinomas are flat or solid ones. Other than the papillary type, solid tumors do not grow from the surface to the center of the bladder. They grow rather flat and spread around the bladder surface. If those tumors invade the deeper layers of the bladder, they are called invasive transitional cell carcinomas.