“Surgery is a frightening prospect for a patient. The risks can be high, but so can the dangers of not operating. What if you knew the surgeon had had an opportunity to practice the surgery you needed, on a model based on your own anatomy?
That is the concept behind Surgical Theater’s Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP), an FDA-approved, patented surgery simulator. Says Moty Avisar, president and co-founder of Surgical Theater, “We used to develop flight simulation for the Israeli Air Force, and felt that we needed to transfer our knowledge of building F-16 simulations to doing good for others by curing and saving lives.”
“The public trust is that I am competent to do this surgery,” said Dr. Warren Selman, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of University Hospitals. “Well yes, I’m competent, but you want somebody more than competent. You want someone who is the best there can be. This allows an experienced surgeon to achieve those improved outcomes. It just makes sense.”
“How are you going to train and keep up your skills and make sure you’re at the top of your game on these cases,” Selman asked. “This is the ideal way to do that, because you are going to need surgeons who are capable of doing open surgery, and they should have a rehearsal navigation platform just as the endovascular surgeons do.”
“We are excited to partner with Surgical Theater to bring their Surgery Rehearsal Platform to our institution,” said John G. Golfinos, MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Langone Medical Center and associate professor of neurosurgery at NYU School of Medicine. “The reaction of tissue in these 3D images is incredibly life-like and modeling of surgical tools is equally impressive. The SRP also will enhance the training of medical students, residents and fellows and help them hone their skills in new and more meaningful ways.”
“Neurosurgery today is one of the most technologically involved surgical specialties with many contributions from computer-based neuronavigational technology.”
American College of Surgeons:
“If medicine is to achieve major gains in quality, it must be transformed, and information technology will play a key part…Multiple studies now demonstrate that computer-based decision support can improve physicians’ performance and, in some instances, patient outcomes.”
The New England Journal of Medicine, Improving Safety with Information Technology:
“At Mount Sinai we’re committed to using the most advanced technology, science and engineering for the benefit of our patients. Using tools like the Surgical Rehearsal Platform in our patient care helps us keep that commitment. We anticipate using this technology will support our mission to provide outstanding quality of care to our patients and will provide long-term risk reduction and efficiency improvement, both key in helping hospitals provide high quality and cost-effective care.” ~ Dr. Joshua B. Bederson, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosurgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital
“Surgical Theater’s Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) allows surgeons to rehearse for optimal clipping of ruptured cerebral aneurysms, even in an emergent setting. The segmentation capabilities and detailed insight obtained with the patient-specific, interactive 3D model makes the SRP a valuable tool for pre-surgical planning and preparation. “ ~ Warren R. Selman, Harvey Huntington Brown Jr., Professor & Chairman Department of Neurological Surgery Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, University Hospitals Director, UH Neurological Institute
“The SRP is going to be the best way for a surgeon to master one of the most complicated surgical tasks. Using standard scanned images from any patient, the SRP generates 3D patient specific and accurate models of interactions between life-like tissue and surgical instruments. The tissue responds “realistically” to actions taken by the surgeon, thus allowing accurate pre-surgery planning and rehearsal. The unique software utilizes flight simulator technology to permit remote connection of multiple SRPs; participants anywhere in the world can work together simultaneously and practice the same case with real-time feedback and collaborate on the planning of a specific surgery case.” ~ Dr. Sagi Harnof, Chief, Vascular Service and Deputy Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery at Sheba Medical Center, Israel
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Surgical Theater’s Surgical Rehearsal Platform in the CNN Spotlight.