Cutting edge robotic technology is continually unlocking new approaches to advance surgery.
In parallel, the training methods are also undergoing similarly significant advances.
Utilising a suite of advanced simulation devices and anatomically correct synthetic organs, trainees can now develop high skill levels and train for a wide range of routine and demanding emergency situations all prior to commencing live surgery.
This approach maximises patient safety, and ensures that surgeons receive the advanced training necessary to extract the very best outcomes from the latest robotic devices.
Simulation is the foundation of training at AMRA. As pioneered by the aviation industry, the latest surgical simulators now provide an immersive virtual reality experience, with high-definition 3D imaging that is difficult to distinguish from real world vision.
Simulators have the additional benefit of generating detailed scores of every aspect of the surgical procedure, including duration, accuracy, and movement efficiency. In this way all trainees can quantitatively plot their progress with every individual procedure across many repetitions.
Surgical robots are continuously evolving, with new devices and procedures delivering improved precision, miniturisation and articulation in a growing array of surgical specialties.
Reflecting the diverse and expanding range of surgical devices, AMRA works with a broad range of surgical robotics companies to offer training across a multiple devices and procedures.
AMRA’s device partners include Intuitive Surgical, Cambridge Medical Robotics, Medrobotics and Cook Medical.
Synthetic organs are changing the way surgical training is conducted. These hydrogel models can be manufactured on demand in any required quantity, and significantly reduce the need for the use of animal cadavers (such as chickens, sheep and pigs) during training with the surgical robots.
Synthetic organ models are manufactured to accurately reproduce exact organ structures with respect to anatomy, tissue hardness, and response to surgical techniques. They can also provide lifelike responses to manage bleeding or other vessel damage.
In addition, synthetic organs can be manufacured to mimic both normal and diseased states, thus enabling trainees to gather experience with uncommon pathologies, or provide surgeons with the opportunity to practice for an unususal or particularly challenging case in advance of live surgery.
AMRA’s state-of-the-art training facility has been specifically designed and constructed for the needs of robot-assisted surgical training.
It features two modern operating rooms with advanced multi-media facilities, lecture rooms, dedicated simulator training rooms, and access to multiple surgical robots used only for training purposes.
The AMRA facilitity is ISO9001 2016 accredited.