Labral Training Module Helps Improve Arthroscopic Surgical Skills

Cleveland, OH: The first complete virtual reality training module for Shoulder Labral procedures is now available from Simbionix USA Corporation, the world’s leading provider of medical simulation, training and education products.


As arthroscopic procedures are becoming more common for the treatment of joint conditions, there is a growing need for training solutions for surgeons of all levels.

The Simbionix ARTHRO Mentor™ is the most validated arthroscopic surgery virtual reality training simulator in the market. Training modules for shoulder and knee arthroscopic procedures have over 70 cases to practice basic skills, diagnostic skills and full procedure cases.

The new training module now offered is for shoulder labral procedures. Technological advances over the last decade, have led to most shoulder labral tears being able to be repaired arthroscopically, which means that a video camera and small specialized tools are inserted through a series of small incisions to complete the repair. The portion of the labrum that is torn away is reattached to the glenoid, which helps to restore the normal stability of the shoulder joint.

“Creating a training tool for a procedure as advanced and complex as the shoulder labral procedure requires a new level of visualization and high-end simulation”, commented Mr. Gary Zamler, Simbionix CEO. “The realistic module was developed utilizing the unique Simbionix physics based technology“.

Physicians using the ARTHRO Mentor Labral module will have the opportunity to practice the full procedure in various virtual reality cases such as SLAP, Bankart and less common pathologies such as reverse Bankart.

ARTHRO Mentor modules are available for various experience levels. While the Labral module is intended for more experienced surgeons, the recently released FAST module is geared towards those wishing to develop basic arthroscopic surgical skills. It is a unique virtual reality training module that complements the FAST (Fundamentals of Arthroscopic Surgery Training) program, which was initiated by the three leading American orthopedic societies. Using this training module will help students learn arthroscopic skills sequentially before they are taught the full surgical procedure.

Stop by Simbionix booth #611 at AANA in Hollywood, Florida, May 1-5, for a hands-on experience of the newest additions to this advanced arthroscopic training simulator.