VirtaMed has collaborated with Smith+Nephew to provide surgical simulation training as part of its Training & Education portfolio for advanced surgical devices.

Smith+Nephew’s original surgical instruments will be adapted and incorporated into new simulation modules for knee, shoulder and hip arthroscopy, including advanced surgical techniques such as rotator cuff repair and meniscal repair.

Crescent and L-shaped rotator cuff tears can be repaired using Smith+Nephew’s shoulder repair solutions including HEALICOIL suture anchors, the FIRSTPASS suture passer, ULTRATAPE sutures and the MULTIFIX implant system. The FAST-FIX 360 Meniscal Repair System will also be made available for simulation training using arthroscopy of the knee.

As a leap forward in digital technologies for surgical training, all of Smith+Nephew’s new simulators will be accessible via VirtaMed’s cloud-based simulation management platform, Connect. This will allow physicians to continue their training online, gaining greater understanding of the benefits of Smith+Nephew’s surgical techniques even when away from the simulator.

“We have realized the value in simulation training as a meaningful part of the educational pathway, and I am excited to bring this new method of training into our professional education activities,” stated María Jesús Barrenechea, senior vice president, Global Medical Education and Societies.

VirtaMed will work together with senior experts from Smith+Nephew to identify the key learning objectives associated with each arthroscopic surgical technique and incorporate them into new simulation modules, combining anatomically correct models with photorealistic virtual reality simulation. These modules will be available for select VirtaMed customers who already own an ArthroS and as part of Smith+Nephew’s ArthroS global simulator fleet.

Smith+Nephew’s ArthroS simulators will make their debut in the last quarter of 2019, also being rolled out to the Orthopedic Learning Center (OLC) in Chicago. VirtaMed has a long-standing relationship with providing simulation training at the OLC as part of their exclusive partnership with the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).