Safe access training for portal placement, fluoroscopic
imaging, diagnostic tours, and therapeutic cases, all
wrapped in a combination of an extremely realistic anatomic
model and a high-fidelity virtual reality environment.
VirtaMed introduces the ArthroS™ Hip Module at the EFORT
Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, on 1–3 June.
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. This 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”, states Dr. Robert Pedowitz, orthopedic surgeon and
VirtaMed’s new hip arthroscopy simulator features various
diagnostic and therapeutic cases, but the tool has been
developed with a special focus on access training: the
anatomic model looks, feels and behaves like a real hip, so
trainees can palpate the bony landmarks or manipulate the
joint to find their way. Thanks to the virtual reality
interface, surgeons in training will also learn to use
fluoroscopic imaging in a safe, radiation free environment.
The new hip module will be a part of the VirtaMed ArthroS™
simulator; previous modules include knee and shoulder, as
well as the FAST module for basic skills training.
Switching between these modules is easy and the simulator
platform is also compatible with VirtaMed products for
urological and gynecological training. Like all VirtaMed
simulators, the ArthroS™ Hip Module also features original
tools, numerous different patient cases, and a fully
customizable course structure for independent