Virtual Reality Simulators
Simbionix LAP Mentor
This simulator allows highly realistic virtual reality training in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery. Learners can practice hysterectomy, appendectomy, bowel surgery and other complex tasks using a minimally invasive approach. A separate console allows a faculty member to assist a learner, in real time, during the surgical training. The simulator has haptic capabilities (tissue can be “felt” when manipulated). Virtual reality goggles can create an entire operating room and OR team, even for the single learner!
Simbionix GI Mentor
This simulator allows realistic virtual reality training in multiple endoscopic procedures, such as colonoscopy, and flexible bronchoscopy. This is the current state-of-the-art trainer for this procedure. Our surgical residents must all pass a Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) exam in order to matriculate. Our simulator is the same equipment on which they will be tested.