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New TURPSim for endoscopic surgery training

July 02, 2010

VirtaMed just launched TURPSim, a new hands-on training system for Trans-Urethral Resection of the Prostate

The virtual reality simulator has been presented for the first time at the American Urology Association (AUA) annual meeting in San Francisco, USA end of May 2010 by Simbionix USA Corporation.

The new TURPSim developed by VirtaMed is the latest breakthrough of the Swiss developer of state-of-the-art training tools for endoscopic surgery. Trans-Urethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is currently the most effective treatment of Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH). With a wide range of prostate anatomies, pathologies and operative complications, this technique requires skills training and experience to achieve optimal results. The new VirtaMed TURPSim provides comprehensive training on the skills necessary to perform this intervention and enables practice of complete TURP procedures using an authentic resectoscope. 

Ground breaking technology presented at the AUA meeting in San Francisco
The surgical simulator has been presented for the first time at the American Urology Association (AUA) annual meeting in San Francisco, USA end of May 2010 by Simbionix USA Corporation. VirtaMed joined forces with Simbionix in 2009 to provide Gynecologist and Urologist surgeons with the most advanced training systems for endoscopic surgery. Simbionix are the world’s leading provider of medical education and simulation training products for medical professionals and the healthcare industry. 

CEO Gary Zamler: “As a pioneer in the field of medical education, for the past ten years we have continuously introduced ground breaking technology that has changed and shaped the face of medical education. Our commitment to the medical community is to provide all medical fields with new and advanced training tools, as demonstrated by these latest developments intended for urologists. Our strong partnership with VirtaMed is based on this same philosophy intended to advance clinical performance.”

State-of-the-art training in both urology and gynecology
With the widened range of products, the two training modules can be employed together on one simulator system. "The combination of TURPSim and HystSim provides a realistic platform for full procedural training in both urology and gynecology. We are excited to continue our collaboration with Simbionix to ensure that every training center has the option to add the TURPSim to its training portfolio," says VirtaMed CEO Stefan Tuchschmid. 

"VirtaMed will continue to focus on developing new simulators with the highest possible realism, and Simbionix is a partner who supports us in every possible way.”


About VirtaMed 
VirtaMed is a Swiss based company with an interdisciplinary background in medicine and engineering. VirtaMed’s mission is to develop state-of-the-art training tools for endoscopic surgery of highest possible realism, all with the ultimate goal to improve the quality of patient care. The product range of virtual reality simulators includes the HystSim system providing instructional teaching and training of diagnostic and therapeutic hysteroscopy and the TURPSim system for the training of trans-urethral resection of the prostate.
Additional company information can be found at www.virtamed.com

About Simbionix 
Simbionix is the world's leading provider of simulation and training products for medical professionals and the healthcare industry. Founded in 1997, the company is committed to delivering high quality products, advancing clinical performance and optimizing procedural outcomes. Simbionix cooperates with physicians on a regular basis to produce the most reliable and effective training and supporting systems. For more information on Simbionix, visitwww.simbionix.com