About 3% of the global population is prevalent to intracranial aneurysms, leading to stroke and hemorrhage, especially in the active young population. Only highly skilled neurosurgeons are trained to treat an aneurysm and perform such a delicate surgical procedure. As a result, the average wait time for patients is 2-3 months globally. Microsurgical skills are generally acquired in a self-directed way through many live surgical experiences a trainee wishes to participate in. And because brain surgeries are heterogeneous, patient-specific, and difficult to plan, board-certified surgeons find most surgery challenging. Limited methods and lack of suitable training tools outside the OR mean that surgeons struggle to practice microsurgical steps and predict before the surgery. SurgeonsLab’s SurgTrainTM simulator can train a neurosurgeon pre-operatively on a single patient-specific basis in a real physical environment. This method allows the surgeon to predict and prepare the surgery in advance. In addition, the simulator training will reduce postoperative complications, repeated surgeries, and interventions.
The simulator was successfully used to train 25 neurosurgeons and residents for neurosurgical application with standard patient models. The Innobooster project aims to complete the process workflow in preparing patient-specific replicas for personalized case training:
Optimizing existing brain simulators suitable for patient-specific complex case training.
Seeks to validate the clinical and economic benefits of patient-specific planning of complex neurovascular surgery and develop quantifiable business value proportion.
Prepare the simulator suitable for regulatory approvals.
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Last update to this project presentation 02.09.2021