OSSimTech Demonstrates Hybrid Learning of 3D and Haptics Surgical Simulation with Sim-Ortho | IMSH 2017 Video Interview

open knee surgical simulator

Continuing HealthySim’s coverage of the IMSH 2017 Exhibit Tradeshow floor, today we are sharing our video interview with OSSimTech, who provide the Sim-Ortho, a virtual reality training simulator to teach and train orthopedic open-surgery. As the world’s first of its kind, the Sim-Ortho simulator offers unique possibilities to expand medical education of orthopedic surgery. Getting to test the simulator was an amazing experience as the real-time haptics push back from the hardware felt very realistic — and matched the 3D animations exactly.

The Sim-Ortho enables simulation training of complex orthopedic procedures in knee and spine surgery as well as trauma surgery. Situated in a highly realistic 3D environment with detailed imaging, the trainee practices “hands-on” in a risk-free environment. The Sim-Ortho training simulator offers haptic feed-back (applied force and resistance) and allows handling and manipulation of multiple orthopedic tools. The Sim-Ortho training simulator is leading the path in high-fidelity simulation. The company has a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team comprising engineers, doctors, programmers, developers, industrial designers as well as management professionals.

The Sim-Ortho open platform allows for these modules:

  • Knee
    • Left, right and lighter cases of total knee replacement
    • Fibial and tibial osteotomies (Open and closed wedges)
    • Tibial tubercule osteotomy
    • Unicompartmental knee replacements (Lateral, medial and patellofemoral)
  • Spine
    • Realistic use of rongeurs, pedical probe, screwdriver, bone nibbler and kerrison
    • 30 cases of spinal fusion
    • 30 cases of discectomy
    • 30 cases of laminectomy
  • Tool Handling
    • User-friendly tutorial to the Sim-Ortho
    • 15+ cases of hands-on training
    • Several tools in several environments

Recently the company posted a blog article by Dr. Niranjan Sathivel on The Power of Teamwork & Sim Efficiency:



Multidisciplinary team simulations have several benefits for the parties involved; learners, educators and the simulation centre staff. In these scenarios learners have the unique opportunity to tackle problems using a team approach, which in many ways mimic real life settings. Communicating, learning and understanding the perspective of each team member is a vital aspect for patient safety, which can be built into training scenarios.

I understand that it’s challenging for educators to collaborate and integrate goals and objectives for their individual teams, in-order to create simulation scenarios for team training. By making this happen they are able to add a whole new domain which could enhance the simulation education experience for learners. There are three benefits to the simulation centre and the staff: The first being the optimum use of the centre’s space and equipment. From my experience in the industry, I have observed that in many simulation centres, the training equipment often remain under-utilized. Bringing a multidisciplinary team for training, into one simulation theatre, sometimes provides the context for putting such equipment to use, by hybridizing simulation platforms. At this point you probably might have guessed the other two benefits. There is a positive impact on staff work flow efficiency and operational costs. Running the sessions in one simulation theatre as opposed to multiple simulation theatres can save you money and time. Read the full article here.

Custom Simulators!

Is your program looking for custom simulator solutions? OSSimTech allows you to differentiate your organization with a customized OSSimTech virtual reality training simulators– featuring your own procedures and surgical devices. As the world’s first of its kind, OSSimTech simulators offer unique possibilities to expand medical education, market your products and train your employees.

Learn more about the Ortho-Sim on the OSSimTech website today!


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OSSim Tech Sim-K Virtual Reality Orthopedic Open-Surgery Simulator – Video Interview from IMSH 2016

knee surgical simulator

Continuing our coverage of the IMSH exhibit floor simulation vendors, today we share about the Open Knee Surgical Simulator from OSSim Technologies simulators, which are developed by highly-skilled engineers and clinicians, using the latest  technology in haptic feedback. The virtual reality environment precisely recreates the sound, force, and imaging of real-life actions. OSSim Technologies simulators expand training possibilities in the field of open surgeries by a standardized and quality-assured training method. Medical educators and students can obtain a detailed evaluation of individual learning. Watch our video to see this awesome simulator in action:

About the Sim-K

The SIM-K is the next generation virtual reality simulator designed for the training of medical students and orthopedic residents. The simulator currently enables simulation training for the total knee replacement procedure and practice of surgical skills as bone drilling and sawing. With Sim-K, medical students train and focus on their basic surgical skills effectively — without risk to patients and hospital daily constraints. Different surgical cases are available and surgery procedures can be trained several times — before entering the stressful OR!

Sim-K Features:

  • Experience of real-time haptic feed-back (applied force and resistance).
  • Allows handling and manipulation of handheld drill and saw units.
  • Allows practice of drilling and sawing on different shapes and materials, including bones.
  • Allows practice of the total knee replacement procedure including intervention-based tasks (such as drilling and sawing).
  • Allows tracking of total tools movement (precision, orientation, amplitude, depth), applied forces and tasks completion time.
  • Performing software adaptable to training agenda and curriculum.

SIM-K Components:

  • One quad-core PC
  • One HD flat-screen
  • 5-DoF haptic system
  • 6-DoF tracking system
  • Generic mock-up surgical tools
  • Height-adjustable mobile cart

Learn more at the OSSIM Sim-K Website!

CAE Healthcare Now Distributes VirtaMed Surgical Simulators to North America

virtamed surgical simulators

In HealthySim’s IMSH 2015 Exhibit Hall Highlights Reel, we shared that CAE Healthcare is now distributing European-based VirtaMed’s ArthroS Surgical Simulator in North America. ArthoS can easily swap out knee, shoulder, and FAST modules. The VirtaMed ArthroS offers risk-free training for knee and shoulder arthroscopy in a virtual reality environment. Learners practice with original surgical tools, and the anatomical rubber models provide the most accurate and realistic tactile sensation available today. Learner’s movements are captured on video, and the simulator records and stores performance data for objective assessment and debrief.

Knee Module:

The module presents basic skills, diagnostic and surgical cases for knee arthroscopy. 9 guided basic skill training cases fully integrated into a realistic simulation. Mastering these basic tasks enables trainees to perform a complete arthroscopy more easily and in an efficient, professional way. 8 patient cases with varying level of difficulty offer the trainee the chance to perform complete diagnostic arthroscopic interventions. Patients include different meniscus lesions, unhappy triad and arthrosis grade I-III. 11 patients with various lesions in different locations provide training for the first steps in operative arthroscopy using the operating equipment. Patients include different meniscus lesions, synovitial membrane inflammations and loose body removal.

Shoulder Module:

10 guided basic skill training cases fully integrated into a realistic simulation. Mastering these basic tasks enables trainees to perform a complete shoulder arthroscopy more easily and in an efficient, professional way. 10 different patients with varying level of difficulty offer the trainee the chance to perform complete diagnostic arthroscopic interventions. Patients include different lesions in rotator cuff and impingement syndrome. 7 patients with various lesions in different locations provide training for first steps in operative arthroscopy using OR equipment. Patients include loose body removal, subacromial debridement and decompression.

FAST Module:

9 motor skill training tasks on the FAST workstation guide the trainee through the first steps of arthroscopy. Basic camera navigation tasks include steadiness and image centering, horizon control and telescoping as well as the use of different optics – using both left and right hand for camera handling as well as frontal and posterior access to the FAST shell. This very basic arthroscopy skills training also teaches periscoping. Trainees learn how to detect and center an object, probe and grasp static objects, and develop triangulation skills.

Learn more at the CAE Healthcare VirtaMed ArthroS website!


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