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Simbionix Acquires the ARTHRO VR Product Line by GMV

Simbionix USA, a leading provider of medical education and simulation training, is pleased to announce it has purchased the ARTHRO VR®, a virtual reality arthroscopic training simulator line from GMV, Spain. This purchase expands the company's training tools to provide clients with advanced solutions for orthopedic surgeons. As with all Simbionix training simulators, this system is the ideal complement to traditional training techniques, reducing instruction time and providing a complete hands-on experience.

In the coming years, all arthroscopic procedures are expected to grow considerably, as lifestyle choices nowadays include more sports and physical activities which tend to cause more injuries. In addition, the general population has a longer lifespan and older individuals are more susceptible to joint damage, further increasing the need for arthroscopic procedures. These continuing changes in demographic lifestyle choices are not only driving demand for arthroscopy from patients; they are leading more and more surgeons to seek out training in arthroscopic techniques. Compared to conventional open surgery, arthroscopic surgery performed by an experienced surgeon, holds numerous and well established benefits including small incisions with a reduced risk of infection and less pain.

ARTHRO VR is an advanced arthroscopic training simulator designed for the most effective acquisition of the skills required for arthroscopic surgery. The simulator features a line of simulated procedures, intelligently combining fiberglass limb replicas with 3D images and haptic sensation, to allow users to learn key aspects of the procedures. Simulated procedures are performed utilizing a realistic set of tools as used in the OR including the arthroscopic camera, which allow the trainee to acquire a true-to-life hands-on experience. Training modules in increasing difficulty include healthy anatomies and various pathologies, provide trainees with the opportunity to practice basic skills and master procedure skills. The product line offers educational aids such as panoramic views and a set of metrics for complete objective assessment of the learning process. (Source: Simbionix USA Corporation)