Smith+Nephew uses VR/AR to expand access to orthopedic, robotic training


Smith+Nephew is expanding the reach of its orthopedic, robotics and sports medicine procedural skills-training through a suite of advanced simulation technologies.

Providers can use virtual and augmented reality, haptics and 3D interactive gaming at every Smith+Nephew academy center of excellence worldwide.

"There is a huge opportunity with virtual reality for future training applications to drive both an accelerated learning process and distance training, Dr. Stephen Mitchell, consultant trauma and orthopedic surgeon at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust," said in a Sept. 21 news release. "It lends itself perfectly to the 2D/3D nature of trauma, arthroscopy and arthroplasty procedures." 

Several VR modules are available including the world's first for arthroscopic meniscal repair launched earlier this year, according to Smith+Nephew. The company is launching a module for the Journey II BCS total knee arthroplasty using a robotic-assisted Cori surgical system in October. 

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