By: 18 January 2017
Pioneering mobile training simulation demonstrates latest technique in patient-specific knee implants

A new surgical training simulation for a procedure that aims to preserve knee cartilage has been released on the Touch Surgery app.

Teams at Touch Surgery and Episurf Medical have worked collaboratively to build a comprehensive training platform that replicates the benefits of the Episealer implant and instrument platforms. Three simulations allow the user to experience and virtually master the Condyle Solo, Trochlea Solo and Femoral Twin approaches. Touch Surgery’s dynamic and interactive platform enables Episealer surgeons to practise the surgical technique at a time and place that suits their hectic surgical schedules.

Jean Nehme, co-founder at Touch Surgery, said: “We’re honoured to have partnered with Episurf to create a simulation for one of the most innovative procedures in knee orthopedics, available to anyone, anywhere in the world.”


Touch Surgery collaborates to develop 3D knee training platform

Touch Surgery has also launched the EXPAREL® knee training simulation on the Touch Surgery app.

The simulation, built in partnership with Pacira Pharmaceuticals, uses a new gaming engine to provide a 3D environment where clinical decisions and viewpoints can all be dictated by the user and has been developed to provide clinicians with a virtual training experience regarding the recommended technique for administering EXPAREL in total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

EXPAREL (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) is a long-acting local analgesic indicated for single-dose administration into the surgical site. The EXPAREL simulation replicates the TKA surgical environment, training a user how to appropriately mix and inject EXPAREL into the surgical site. It allows users to manipulate the angle of the needle, the location of the injection and the amount of fluid extruded into the site, all essential components of the periarticular injection.

Jean Nehme, co-founder at Touch Surgery, said: “Physicians have never experienced a level of interactive training like what we’ve built with Pacira. Our first pharmaceutical-based procedure, this is our most innovative simulation to date leveraging a custom-built 3D learning engine.”