What is Surgical Theater?
Surgical Theater, LLC is a privately held, Cleveland, Ohio-based startup that markets the Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP), the first and only patented and FDA-cleared platform for neurosurgical pre-operative planning and rehearsal.
What is the SRP?
Using a patient’s CT or MRI images, the Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) creates dynamic 3D models that are interactive with life-like tissue reaction and accurate modeling of surgical tools. The SRP allows surgeons to plan and rehearse a specific patient’s case. The platform provides surgeons the opportunity to rehearse complicated cases before entering the operating room. Patient-specific simulation rehearsal technology like the SRP has been shown to improve operative performance and users of the SRP have already reported benefits like reduced OR time.
Is it FDA-cleared?
Yes, Surgical Theater’s patented Surgical Rehearsal Platform received FDA clearance in February 2013. This is important because surgeons and their teams can use the SRP as a clinical tool for pre-operative planning and rehearsal of patient-specific cases. It is now being implemented and used at several leading institutions.
Is it patient-specific?
Yes, the SRP technology is patient-specific and allows surgeons the ability to rehearse and plan for actual cases prior to entering the operating room. The SRP uses a patient’s own CT or MRI and creates a dynamic and interactive 3D model which the surgeon can then use for pre-operative planning and rehearsal.
What makes the SRP unique?
The Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) fuses the science of world-class flight simulation with advanced imaging capabilities to create a truly unique tool for surgeons. The software engineers that designed the SRP also developed the flight simulation technology used by F-16 fighter pilots. Surgical Theater’s patented and FDA-cleared Surgical Rehearsal Platform is patient-specific allowing surgeons to be prepared for complicated cases in a similar way to how F-16 fighter pilots prepare for complicated missions.
What are the potential benefits of the SRP technology?
Patient-specific simulation rehearsal technologies have been shown to improve operative performance. Instead of relying on 2D images and the “mind’s eye”, surgeons using the SRP technology are reporting reduced OR time and improvements in OR efficiencies both of which can result in improved outcomes for patients. Studies are ongoing specifically looking at the SRP’s impact on outcomes. Please contact us if you’d be interested in being a study site.