The two scientists who produced one of the world’s first simulators that closely approximates the “touch and feel” of the da Vinci™ robotic surgical system have now developed a procedure-based, hands-on training software for use with that simulator.
The patent-pending system, Hands-On Surgical Training ™ (HOST), guides surgeons through real-time operative procedures using the Robotic Surgical Simulator ™ (RoSS) interface.
The technology created by Khurshid Guru, director of the Center for Robotic Surgery and attending surgeon in the Department of Urology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and Thenkurussi “Kesh” Kesavadas, UB professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and head of the university’s Virtual Reality Lab, has the potential to revolutionize surgical training worldwide.
The scientists created RoSS as a way to help surgeons hone their skills in robot-assisted surgery so that they’ve logged hours of training before they perform a particular surgical procedure. The HOST software system takes this concept a step further, immersing the surgeon in a surgical environment using automation technology and an interactive checklist-based process.