What?

Currently, the surgery training around the World has many shortcomings. Most of the time the training doctors receive is not as extensive as they desire because of the shortage of time and resources. Moreover, cadavers and other educational tools are very expensive and difficult to reach.

Why?

SharpSurgeonTM provides a repeatable and standard tutoring environment and an add-on to any current training curriculum and can make standardization of surgical training possible.

How?

We have developed a device to train surgeons to perform spine surgery procedures. We offer highly realistic hand-based interactions in an immersive training environment that reflect the modern OR.

Problems & Solutions

The missing link in surgery training

Any physician who will be trained in surgery will have to do a lot of practice in order to fully learn a surgical procedure. And the reason for complications in operations is that standard procedures are not followed. These procedures must be performed in a particular order starting at the time a patient lays down on the operation table. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that there has been a lot of complications only because these operations are not followed in a specific order every time. Nevertheless, a simulator can ensure that the steps of any surgical operation are memorized in a certain order.

Lack of standards and inadequate metrics

There is no standardization in spine surgery training around the world. SharpSurgeonTM’s connectivity and scalability capability offer a solution to this issue. Our software also enables the user institutions to introduce metrics to their training and overview a trainees development easily.

Cadaver Labs are expensive and scarce

Typically, surgeons train using cadavers at specialist medical education centers. The founders have specific experience of training and running cadaveric training courses – the cost per trainee ranges from €5,000 to €10,000 depending on the complexity of the procedure. In reality, the cost can be measured as a minute of hands-on training. A typical cadaver lab experience may cost in the range of €40-80 per minute. SharpSurgeonTM effectively brings this cost down to less than €500 per trainee or less than €1 per minute, with the added benefit that the surgeon has no travel costs or time away from their clinical practice.

Current systems require expensive hardware

Currently, there is no system with SharpSurgeonTM’s collective VR and haptic capabilities targeting spine surgery, and importantly the current simulations systems require expensive non-portable hardware to function. The current simulation systems rely on dedicated hardware and require a significant investment on the customer’s side. Our software runs on, off-the-shelf gaming PCs and VR headsets thus expanding the market penetration drastically.

Today`s training methods are inadequate for tomorrow`s needs

Most of the time, 80 percent of the learnings in training is forgotten training in three days. The repetition of a procedure is not easy, and practice is problematic due to possible patient dissatisfaction. A simulator is a perfect remedy to this universal problem.