Simbionix Introduces the First VR Training Module for the Practice of Vaginal Cuff Closure Suturing Using Barbed Sutures with State of the Art Haptic

Hysterectomies are one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, with over 600,000 performed each year. Studies show that performing the procedure using a laparoscopic approach is associated with reduced short-term morbidity (less blood loss, wound infections, and postoperative pain), shorter hospital stay, and faster resumption of normal activities when compared with abdominal hysterectomy.


Laparoscopic hysterectomy is a relatively complicated procedure to perform, and requires specialized training and considerable skill and experience on the part of the surgeon. Simbionix USA Corporation, the world’s leading provider of medical education and simulation training products for medical professionals and the healthcare industry, developed and introduced the first Hysterectomy VR training module over two years ago.

Simbionix is now proud to release the first VR training module for Cuff Closure Suturing using unidirectional and bidirectional barbed sutures. The hands-on training cases comprise unique educational aids including an anatomical 3D map, real-life videos, and intuitive self-explanatory guidance steps, all intended to help trainees become more confident in this challenging task. Training includes a variety of potential complications such as suspected injury to the bladder, ureters, colon and iliac vessels. This innovative module also features state of the art haptic feedback providing a life like scenario.

“Understanding the importance of promoting women’s health, Simbionix continuously enhances its portfolio of products and solutions to train medical professionals in this field. We keep improving our visualization and simulation technologies in order to support complicated scenes within advanced procedures,” said Simbionix President, Ran Bronstein. “The graphics in this new module are extremely realistic and the enhanced haptic technology enables accurate interaction between the tool and the suture to help physicians acquire the necessary skills to perform the challenging cuff closure suturing before performing the procedure on a patient.”

The new module is part of the extensive LAP Mentor™ library of modules, and will be shown together with the GI-Express Mentor™ at Simbionix booth #14 at the EAES exhibition in Paris, June 26-28.