UroS™

Comprehensive urology training simulator with unmatched realism: real graphics, real instruments, real feel. Prepare for the operating room with precision and confidence using our state-of-the-art mixed reality technology.


Our expertise

Experience comprehensive education in TURP, TURB, and laser BPH procedures, complemented by hands-on urologic surgery with lifelike tactile feedback. Our innovative approach includes the use of original instruments to seamlessly transition your acquired skills to the operating room.


Simulation modules

UroS™ TURP basic skills module

The basic skills module covers all aspects of a complete TURP procedure: the trainee learns how to safely enter the urethra, do a proper visualization of the bladder, and identify important landmarks such as verumontanum and ureteral orifices. Crucial learning objectives of this module also include efficient coagulation of bleedings to avoid severe complications later on.

UroS™ TURP full procedure module

This module contains eight different patient cases for full TURP procedures to acquire all skills necessary to safely perform a complete transurethral resection of the prostate. The TURP courses teach an understanding of the anatomic landmarks, depth perception and hand-eye coordination during urologic surgery, and how to control flow and bleedings for a clear view during the BPH procedure.

UroS™ TURB Module

4 patients with different multiple papillary and solid tumors offer the trainee the opportunity to perform a complete TURB procedure in a safe environment without involving patient related risk. The goal of this urologic surgery is to remove bladder tumors in various locations, ranging from easily accessible to locations that are more difficult to reach. Managing complications is also one of the learning objectives: bleedings have to be controlled, and the risk of perforating the thin bladder wall has to be avoided.

UroS™ BPH laser module

This BPH education module allows trainees to gain experience in removing prostatic tissue with ThuLEP and HoLEP. The prostate sizes range from 55-90 grams. Trainees learn how to use different power settings and laser techniques such as vaporization, enucleation, or vaporesection. Safe handling of the laser fiber without any harm for the virtual patient is one of the main learning goals of this laser BPH training.


Platforms

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Ergonomic platform

All VirtaMed modules can be mounted on the height-adjustable ergonomic platform, optimized for rapid switching between anatomical models. The platform has a high-end PC and an adjustable 27” multi-touch screen. The ergonomic platform is extendable to further disciplines in arthroscopy, laparoscopy and gynecology including reproductive medicine.

Portable platform

Versatile and compact laptop-based simulation platform with a 17“ multi-touch screen. The complete system easily transportable in one robust trolley case


Skill progression

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Basic Skills

Trainnees learn how to access the cavity and visualize key landmarks. They will also become accustomed to a 30° angled endoscopoe and the fulcrum effect. In addition psychomotor skills for resection are being trained.

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TURP and TURB full procedures

Diagnostic and resection skills are being applied to remove different sizes and variations of prostates and bladder tumors with a resectoscope. Cases have different levels of difficulty with varying intensity of bleeding.

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Laser BPH - ThuLEP and HoLEP

Trainees learn and practice different laser techniques such as vaporization, vaporesection and enucleation. Cases vary in the size of the prostate and the level of bleeding encountered.

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Complication management

Bleeding control is being trained as a key skill in dedicated basic skills exercises but also throughout all procedural cases. Bleeders are being coagulated using a loop electrode or the laser fiber.


Validation studies

Virtual Reality Simulator for Training on Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate with 980 nm Diode Laser and Learning Curve of the Technique

The utility of a virtual reality simulator for training of the photoselective vaporization of the prostate with diode laser was studied.

Virtual reality simulator for training urologists on transurethral prostatectomy

As a new method of training on transurethral prostatectomy skills, training of TURP using a virtual simulator can help urologists improve their surgical skills and safety. Therefore, the application of the TURPSim™ system in education and training of urologic surgery is warranted.

Face validity, construct validity and training benefits of a virtual reality TURP simulator

Virtual reality (VR) surgical simulators provide repetitive practice and performance feedback without requiring supervision in a safe environment. Simulators have the potential to shorten the learning curve for complex surgical procedures, create skills which transfer to the operating room and therefore decrease the incidence of future complications. Experts resected a significantly greater percentage of prostate per minute [...] and had significantly less active diathermy time without tissue contact [...] than novices.


VirtaMed services

Connect

VirtaMed Connect is your all-in-one online platform, securely storing course data in the cloud for 24/7 access. With Connect, course directors effortlessly track resident progress, evaluate cohort and individual performance, and deliver targeted feedback. Plus, it simplifies the implementation of new courses, saving you valuable time while monitoring student progress.

Proficiency development

Technology is transforming medical education and training. VirtaMed's Training and Education team is skilled at developing training programs and optimally integrating active learning solutions into the learning journey.

Service & support

With a Net Promotor Score of more than 90, VirtaMed Services and Support team provides ongoing support, with a proven track record to resolving customer issues swiftly and effectively, ensuring seamless and hassle-free technology experiences.


Partnership

The TURP module offers urologic surgeons a very realistic training with a wide range of prostate anatomies, pathologies and operative complications. The basic skills training with outside views guides the trainee and shows the important landmarks used for orientation. Color schemes mark the sections where to resect - and where to stop. Thus, urologists can practice to perfection without any risk for the patient and then transfer this experience to the OR.

PD Dr. Michael Müntener

Head of urology department, Triemli Hospital Zurich

The technique, a structured approach, as well as the enhancement of every operational step, shouldn't be learned on the patient, but can now be trained on a simulator. One big difference to traditional training methods is that surgeons learn surgical techniques much faster and with fewer complications.

Prof. Dr. med. Gralf Popken


Factsheets

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