Basic arthroscopic skills in orthopaedic surgery are usually taught and learned in the operating room and sometimes in laboratories, on cadavers. The learning curve is very steep and the learning process can be stressful for both surgeons and residents alike. Development of these skills involves the use different senses (touch, vision, hearing) and often cannot be explained without live demonstrations. Inexperienced residents are often slow and risk causing irreparable damage to a patient’s joint while learning.
Ideally, as an alternative to operating room-based training, a simulated training environment could provide trainees with a risk-free environment to acquire the necessary surgical skills. The main objective of this project is to develop a system for the training and assessment of the skills required for arthroscopic knee surgery.
Knee arthroscopy simulator
Sensorized rotary base allows to place the knee in multiple orientations
Shoulder Arthroscopy Simulator
Simulator provides realistic surgical environment
Contact switches for probing tasks
Force and position custom-made sensorized instruments