VirtaMed ArthroS™: Realistic arthroscopic learning

With the VirtaMed ArthroS™, trainees can be prepared for the operating room quickly and efficiently. It can support trainees through their arthroscopic journey with increasingly competency-based and society-endorsed curriculum, and more complex training cases.

VirtaMed ArthroS™ Simulators: the Knee, Shoulder, Hip, Ankle, and FAST modules

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VirtaMed ArthroS™

  • Offers the most realistic training environment possible, with natural haptic feedback and photorealistic graphics
  • Validated to speed up the learning process and thus improve the performance of students
  • Numerous anatomic modules (shoulder, hip, ankle and knee) on a single platform
  • Reduces training time and cost, with proficiency-based training and assessment

Various medical training institutions have found that combining simulation with their curriculum not only enhances training outcomes but also supports better patient care.

Accelerate training

  • Simulators provide risk-free hands-on training that allows students to make errors and test boundaries
  • Teaching with highly realistic graphics and original instruments can ease the transfer of skills from the simulator to the operating room.
  • Step-by-step instructions help trainees to develop their basic arthroscopy skills before they are guided through increasingly complicated diagnostic and therapeutic cases.

Inspire success

  • Trainees can be debriefed with in-depth feedback reports that quickly identify areas for improvement.
  • Objectively evaluates the trainees’ skills to set targets and benchmarks and ensure that they acquire predetermined levels of proficiency before entering the operating room.
  • VirtaMed’s society-endorsed course helps students to reach benchmarks, or team up with VirtaMed to create the best-in-class course of their own.

Save time and money

  • Residents initially trained on a simulator take less time to finish the procedures once they are in the operating room and thus make fewer errors.
  • Trainees enter the operating room after mastering the basics, and can thus focus on learning additional complex skills.
  • Trainees, who have regular access to a simulator, can reach defined proficiency levels quicker, which means they get into the operating room sooner.

The ability of the simulator to show a large number of different pathologies, to identify them and to document them distinguishes the VirtaMed ArthroS™ from training on conventional models, but also from training in the operating room or on cadavers where this high number of variability is not present. This is really what makes the VirtaMed ArthroS™ a unique training tool.”

Dr Robert T. Burks, MD, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Utah, USA


Fundamentals of Arthroscopy Surgery Training (FAST)

VirtaMed has designed the Fundamental of Arthroscopy Surgery Training (FAST) module in association with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) as part of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) requirements for surgical skills training.

The FAST module speeds up the learning process by offering competency-based ambidextrous training of arthroscopic skills, like horizon control, image centering, triangulation, telescoping and using a variety of optics. This provides all the advantages of virtual reality simulation along with the well-known Sawbones FAST dome.

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VirtaMed ArthoS™ Knee

Multiple didactic videos, as well as a collection of society-endorsed and expertly designed courses, can now be accessed by trainees. The courses were developed along with the Arthroscopic Association of North America (AANA), and these were designed to close the gap that exists between the classroom and the operating room.

Guided diagnostic tours and triangulation exercises help trainees to improve their instrument handling skills and teach them to identify the major landmarks inside the knee. Therapeutic cases subsequently provide trainees with the opportunity to test their newly acquired skills on different knee pathologies, such as arthrosis, loose bodies, synovial membrane inflations and meniscus lesions.

VirtaMed ArthroS™: Realistic arthroscopic learning

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Concepts of ACL reconstruction

This module was specifically developed to teach ACL reconstruction, which helps trainees to diagnose an ACL tear, remove the impaired ligament and identify the optimal sites for graft replacement. Through this simulator, students can learn in a risk-free environment how the joint function is affected by even slight changes in the location of the replacement graft.

A wide range of available cases, spanning from partial to complete ACL tears, allows trainees to gain experience. The module also includes different cases of complications that are faced during ACL reconstruction procedures, and thus better prepares trainees for the operating room.

VirtaMed ArthroS™: Realistic arthroscopic learning

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VirtaMed ArthroS™ Shoulder

The shoulder module from VirtaMed supports both lateral decubitus and beach-chair positions, and also realistic joint movements, similar to the operating room. A 15-point shoulder exam and subsequent therapeutic cases allow trainees to practice shoulder navigation and improve their newly acquired skills on many different shoulder pathologies, such as PASTA tears, loose bodies, impingements, synovial membrane inflammations and SLAP and bankart lesions.

A collection of society-endorsed expert-designed courses, including courses developed along with the Arthroscopy Association of North America (ANAA), provides trainees with a strong arthroscopic foundation.

VirtaMed ArthroS™ Shoulder 2.0

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VirtaMed ArthroS™ Hip

Through simulation, trainees can be taught everything about the hip essentials in a risk-free environment and enable them to master these skills before they enter the operating room.

Real surgical tools, hip flexion, and femur rotation, replaceable hip inserts, joint traction and the potential to palpitate bony landmarks provide a complete clinical experience. The new radiation-free fluoroscopy feature of the VirtaMed ArthroS™ Hip helps teach correct access points without the added cost of conventional fluoroscopic imaging or unwanted radiation exposure.

After the trainees acquire the fundamental knowledge on hip arthroscopy, therapeutic cases give them a chance to test their newly acquired skills on various hip pathologies, such as cam impingement, loose bodies, lesions in the cartilage and labrum and synovial inflammation.

VirtaMed ArthroS™ Hip

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VirtaMed ArthroS™ Ankle

Considering the innate difficulty of ankle arthroscopy, simulation serves as an excellent risk-free training tool. The ArthroS™ Ankle module supports posterior and supine positioning of the patients, and provides the opportunity to observe the posterior and anterior aspects of the left ankle joint.

Guided diagnostic tours and basic exercises can be leveraged to improve the trainees’ instrument skills and teach them to identify the major landmarks inside the ankle. Therapeutic cases provide trainees with the opportunity to test their newly acquired skills on a wide range of ankle pathologies, such as synovitis, cartilage defects, anterior impingement and loose bodies.

VirtaMed ArthroS™ Ankle

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Ergonomic platform

The VirtaMed ArthroS™ ergonomic platform can be used with all VirtaMed orthopedic training modules, such as FAST, Knee, Shoulder, Hip, and Ankle. It is easy to mount each module on the platform and users can switch from one module to the other in less than 30 seconds.

Trainees are provided with original tools and instruments, like an original arthroscope, grasper, probe, shaver and cutting punch. The instruments are integrated with sensors and enable camera techniques, fluid handling, and thus allow trainees to familiarize themselves with the concepts of 0, 30, and 70-degree optics.

Anatomically correct rubber models and original instruments are integrated to provide a tactile feel. The instruments and models, tracked with sub-millimeter precision, are ideally aligned with the virtual reality graphics.

VirtaMed ArthroS™: Realistic arthroscopic learning

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Software designed specifically for surgeons

VirtaMed software makes it easy to acquire arthroscopic skills.

  • Horizon control indicators and warning messages train the proper usage of instruments
  • Both inside and outside views of the articulation enable trainees to orient themselves as they learn joint navigation
  • Guidance arrows help trainees to learn significant anatomical landmarks
  • Feedback reports with images and a video can be used to instantly debrief trainees after every case; such reports also identify learning opportunities and monitor the learning progress over time
VirtaMed ArthroS™: Realistic arthroscopic learning

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