VirtaMed introduced the ArthroS™ Hip Module for the VirtaMed ArthroS™ simulator – an anatomic model that the company says looks, feels and behaves like a real hip. Surgical trainees can palpate the bony landmarks or manipulate the joint to find their way and learn to use fluoroscopic imaging in a safe, radiation-free environment.

VirtaMed also has knee and shoulder modules as well as the FAST module for basic skills training, and users can switch between these modules. The simulator platform is also compatible with VirtaMed products for urological and gynecological training. The ArthroS™ Hip Module features original tools, numerous patient cases and a customizable course structure for independent, proficiency-based learning – and it offers safe access training for portal placement, fluoroscopic imaging, diagnostic tours and therapeutic cases.

VirtaMed says the hip is a very tight joint, surrounded by critical neurovascular structures, so finding the optimal access points for arthroscopic hip procedures is technically demanding. It takes a lot of practice, and most of the training is still done either on cadavers or live patients. “There's really no reason for patients to suffer our learning curves when there's technology that can replace that”, says Dr. Robert Pedowitz, orthopedic surgeon and VirtaMed adviser.