About SMART Sim™
SMART Sim™ is a Laparoscopic Surgery Trainer for surgeons to learn Minimal Invasive Surgery. It includes computer based virtual reality trainings based on the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Curriculum. Through which surgeons can practice these skills prior to performing a real life procedure.
Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) or Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure in which a laparoscope (a thin light weight tube) and other surgical instruments are inserted inside the human body through small incisions rather than a relatively larger incision commonly used in the traditional open surgeries. The internal operating field may then be visualized on a video monitor connected to the endoscope. The conventional MIS is being adopted worldwide at a rapid pace of 28%, with the prime advantages of reduced trauma, faster recovery & lesser blood loss. Simulators are necessary to acquire special skills like expert hand eye coordination, precise movement of instruments within a confined space and the ability to successfully perform surgery without damaging any other body organs.
These special psychomotor skills are difficult to acquire without hands on practice. However, practicing this emerging surgical technique directly on human patients is unethical and can have dire consequences.
This arises, the need for a trainer, where surgeons can practice these skills prior to performing a real life procedure. Unfortunately existing trainers in market are very costly and mostly unaffordable by most training institute in Pakistan. We have developed a low cost trainer (the cost of our solution is about 10% of the commercially available solutions) while leveraging upon the relatively cheap HR cost here than compared to the one in the western world.
Why Choose SMART Sim™
- VR Trainer for conventional laparoscopy
- With 5 DoF mechanical interface
- Independent learning trainer
- With 10 Basic & 10 Advanced Exercises
- Improves hand eye coordination, depth perception, suturing skills and a lot more
- With performance evaluation metrics
SMART Sim™ is an outcome of R&D Project titled “Development of Tele-Surgical Training Robot and Simulator” funded by National ICT R&D fund and being executed at SMART Lab of NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) in collaboration with Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi.