Skills Simulator

West Jeff is the FIRST Hospital in New Orleans Area to Receive a Virtual Simulator for da Vinci Surgical Robot.


A new virtual-reality training simulator is helping surgeons at West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) practice on the da Vinci Si surgical system, a state-of-the-art platform for minimally-invasive surgery.

The da Vinci Skills Simulator looks and feels like the real thing, but instead of using physical instruments, surgeons get to play around with virtual needles and objects. The device contains a variety of exercises designed to give surgeons the opportunity to improve their proficiency with the da Vinci system. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform complex surgical procedures such as open-heart surgery through 1-2 cm incisions.

WJMC is the first hospital in the New Orleans area to acquire this new simulator.

Simulation in all forms is becoming an important part of the learning experience for surgical technology. By providing a controlled re-creation of critical steps in instrument control, simulation allows surgeons to practice their skills in a non-clinical environment that once required expensive models or cadavers for learning.

The da Vinci Skills Simulator provides surgeons with objective feedback on their performance when they complete an exercise. Over time, surgeons can track their progress on the device and work to improve their skills before they use it on patients.

"The da Vinci Robotic System and simulator is truly a novel piece of technology which will enhance the current armamentarium of minimally invasive surgeries performed at West Jefferson Medical Center. It will not only allow surgeons currently using the robot to hone their skills, but will also enable other surgeons to safely adopt the technology to better serve their patients." West Jeff Urologist, Ryan Glass MD.


Skills Simulator Video



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