Robotics-assisted surgery is the cutting edge of healthcare—and VirtaMed-developed VR is being deployed at Memic to ensure that surgeons are not left behind
➨ Memic has partnered with VirtaMed to develop a VR simulation for training surgeons on the operation and use of a new robotics device for surgery
➨ Launching by the end of this year, Hominis is designed to replicate the motions and capabilities of a surgeon’s arms
➨ The VR simulation will form part of a wider training programme for the device, which includes webinars, product demonstrations and lectures
Huge advances are being made in robotics-assisted surgery. In order to keep training for these devices in lockstep, medical device companies such as Memic Innovative Surgery are turning to virtual reality (VR) technology.
Memic, a medical device company based in Tel Aviv, is among the leaders in robotics-assisted surgery. Its Hominis Surgical System is US Food and Drug Administration-approved for transvaginal gynecological procedures such as benign hysterectomy.
To support surgeon training for operating and using Hominis ahead of its launch by the end of 2022, Memic has partnered with VirtaMed, a medical simulation training company, to develop a VR simulation that will form part of a wider programme known internally at the medical device company as the skills development pathway.
This pathway already includes product demonstrations, peer-to-peer workshops, skills drills training, off-site wet lab experience, case observations, webinars and lectures, all designed to brief, educate and train surgeons in the use of Hominis.
The VR component will involve a simulation as pictured, focusing on kinematic feedback, which reports on a person’s movement pattern or characteristics.
VirtaMed will replicate the Hominis device in VR, which is itself designed to replicate the motions and capabilities of a surgeon’s arms.
Multiple instruments can be introduced to the body through a single portal and the 360° articulation enables obstacle avoidance and working angles.
Commenting on the partnership and the plan to use VR to train surgeons in the operation and use of Hominis, Michael Conditt PhD, senior vice president of strategic marketing and clinical development at Memic, says: “Before entering the operating room, it is essential for surgeons performing any procedure including transvaginal robotic surgeries to be fully confident in their abilities.”
“Training programs including simulation offer significant benefits in terms of progressing competency and confidence level and refining the necessary skills to perform a procedure. They also help ensure that surgeons have a comprehensive understanding of how the tools and technologies they plan to use work.”
He adds: “We are pleased to partner with VirtaMed, whose 15 years of experience in providing training solutions for minimally invasive transvaginal surgeries will be invaluable as we work to integrate proficiency-based simulation across the skills development pathway.”
Stefan Tuchschmid PhD, co-chief executive officer and founder at VirtaMed, comments: “The comprehensive skills development pathway for Hominis is impressive and shows Memic’s significant commitment to professional education and represents our shared vision of offering off-site training and education for surgeons, in addition to real-world experience in the operating room, to improve surgical technique and patient outcomes.”
“We are excited to apply our technological expertise for the first time to robotics and be able to offer Hominis users procedural simulation in gynecology and potentially beyond in the years ahead.”