Virtual Reality Simulation System Now Available for ACL Reconstruction
VirtaMed has developed a virtual reality simulation for ACL reconstruction. This new orthopedic training module for knee arthroscopy will be available for the VirtaMed ArthroS simulator, and the company will introduce it at the AAOS 2016 conference in Orlando, FL.
Apparently, most of the technical skills of ACL reconstruction are currently learned on patients during clinical care delivery.
“It is challenging to translate three dimensional concepts into efficient and accurate surgical performance, especially when the procedure is visualized with two dimensional video arthroscopy. We need safer and more effective methods to reinforce these concepts of ACL anatomy and reconstruction – such as the VirtaMed ArthroS ACL Reconstruction Module.” – Dr. Robert A. Pedowitz, who was an invaluable help during the development of the ACL repair simulation.
In addition to simulating the actual procedure, the VirtaMed simulator provides trainees with extensive, high-quality didactic reading material created by Dr. Pedowitz. Furthermore, the simulator comes with a special 3-D training module, where trainees can easily explore the knee from all sides, shift the location of the replacement ACL with a simple click, and experiment how these adjustments affect the joint function. This unique teaching material, the use of original instruments, the tactile feedback provided by the anatomic knee model, and the highly realistic virtual reality environment make the VirtaMed ArthroS ACL reconstruction module the most advanced ACL repair training tool available.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.