The LAP Mentor multi-disciplinary surgical simulator has been developed in close collaboration with the medical community to provide a meaningful and valuable training solution. The comprehensive library of modules provides a curriculum for the training of specific basic laparoscopic tasks and skills alongside basic and advanced complete procedure training modules.

Laparoscopic procedure training add-on modules are continuously being developed in pace with on-going surgical advances, to provide the most value possible for customers of the LAP Mentor system.

Basic Laparoscopic Skills Acquisition

Prior to performing advanced laparoscopic procedures, the resident must be familiar with and experienced in basic laparoscopic skills:

Basic Laparoscopic Procedure Training

Utilization of minimal access procedures is increasing and has become gold standard in basic procedures such as laparoscopic cholecystectomy and appendectomy. The LAP Mentor provides an unrestricted environment to experience all steps of the laparoscopic cholecystectomy and appendectomy.

Advanced Laparoscopic Procedure Training

As new laparoscopic procedures emerge and guidelines for endoscopic surgery evolve, Simbionix develops training modules based on cutting edge simulation technology enabling users to experience entire complex laparoscopic procedures in a safe environment.

Evidence of Effectiveness in Training

Various evidence based studies over the years show the effectiveness of the LAP Mentor as a training tool for basic laparoscopic skills, with exciting new evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of complete procedure training:

“The VR program for LH accrued validity evidence and allowed the development of a training curriculum using a structured scientific methodology.” Crochet P1Aggarwal R2Knight S3Berdah S4Boubli L3Agostini A3. Surg Endosc. 2016 Sep 21

“The LAP Mentor™ III was regarded as a valid training tool.“ We believe the simulation based training can translate to clinical benefit in gynecology.” Bharathan R, McLaren J.S, Ind T. annual meeting of the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE), June 3-5, 2015, London, UK

“The LAP Mentor shows potential to be used as a screening test for surgical talent.” Mann et al, Minim Invasive Ther Allied Technol 2014 May

Prospective randomized controlled study indicates that simulator-based training of camera navigation can be transferred to the OR. Franzeck et al, Surg Endosc 2012 Jan;26(1):235-41

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