FundamentalVR launches virtual surgery trainer with tactile feedback

FundamentalVR is launching a virtual reality surgery training platform using haptics and physical feedback to create a tactile, flight simulator-like experience for surgeons.

The software platform, Fundamental Surgery, aims to recreate the real-life sensations of using several different medical tools with tissue, muscle and bone in a variety of procedures. Using off-the-shelf hardware, the London-based company aims to make its hands-on system available for less than the cost of a single surgical training cadaver.

Its first U.S. programs will focus on orthopedic training, including posterior hip replacements, total knee arthroplasties and spinal pedicle screw placements. FundamentalVR plans to offer additional orthopedic procedures before the end of the year, with other disciplines such as cardiovascular and general surgery going live in 2019.

“Our mission is to democratize surgical training by placing safe, affordable and authentic simulations within arm’s reach of every surgeon in the world,” Richard Vincent, founder and CEO of FundamentalVR, said in a statement.

Typically, surgical training consists of classroom-based theory, theater-style viewing of cadaver-based teaching, observation in the operating room, limited hands-on cadaver practice, and closely monitored involvement with live patients, as well as, increasingly, online videos.

“With the help of some of the top minds in medicine, as well some of the most advanced VR and haptic programmers, we have created a solution that can be deployed anywhere—with limited investment—to allow surgeons to learn and hone their skills over and over again in a safe and controlled environment,” Vincent said.

By Conor Hale | FierceMedTech

Image Credit: FundamentalVR


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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