Laparoscopic simulators

In the case of laparoscopic surgery (low, minimally invasive), the surgeon uses a number of modern techniques and tools during the surgery, different from those used for classic laparotomy operations. The mirror reflection of the operator's movements requires the surgeon to concentrate and spend many hours of training with new tools. In teaching laparoscopic surgery, many of the initial problems are associated with loss of depth vision, limited access to selected abdominal organs, restriction of movement, and change in tool kinematics resulting from an additional tool support point at the port site and the use of new instruments. Training stations for video surgery, simulators enable practical learning of manual skills and simulation of medical procedures and modern techniques of laparoscopic surgery and can significantly affect the course, duration of surgery and intraoperative complications.

The creation of functional simulators requires mapping of the natural geometry of the operating field (surgical scenes) containing materials with physical properties similar to natural tissues. Simulators and training simulators can be divided into three categories: virtual Virtual Reality (VR), workshop type Box, and biological simulators containing natural organs. Simulators improve the safety of the first surgeon's operations and also give the opportunity to control the skills acquired by the supervising surgeon during training, and allow for quantitative assessment of e.g. economics and purposefulness of movements, time, number of errors made, etc. It is expected that in the future, surgical simulators will be programming crisis situations of intraoperative complications, adverse events, anatomical anomalies, etc. As part of the educational program accompanying the Robin Heart project, original laparoscopic surgery testing stations were made, also used for research into mechatronic tools (e.g. DuoTeacher with the possibility of master-student training and work on-line with an adviser on the Internet). A laparoscopic work station was also constructed in a virtual, three-dimensional space.

The goal of our activity is to develop and implement new medical trainers for training purposes.

The offer is addressed primarily to:

  1. The recipients of the developed products - medical and technical schools, hospitals, in particular clinical ones, doctors, students, in terms of placing orders, purchasing or influencing the offer (consultations).
  2. Potential investors in terms of capital transferred in various forms - to be negotiated.
  3. Potential sponsors in the transfer of any amount for promotion, development of methods, devices and conducting training in surgery (this is a big social problem: the average age of Polish surgeons is high and there are fewer and fewer volunteers).
  4. Potential associates - professionals and companies. We are looking for partners for the development of this venture.

Meet the presenter:

Łukasz Mucha

Laparoscopic simulators