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Maestro AR Inguinal Hernia Repair Module

Maestro AR for Inguinal Hernia Repair (IHR) is an interactive educational tool exclusively available on the dV-Trainer®, developed in collaboration with Dr. Rick Low, M.D., Chairman of Surgery at John C. Lincoln Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, Chairman of the Robotic Program at John C. Lincoln Healthcare Network, and Medical Director for CAVA Robotics.

The IHR module presents the user with an immersive 3D learning environment, combining footage from an actual case performed by Dr. Low with Mimic’s proven MSim™  simulation platform. Using the dV-Trainer, trainees manipulate virtual 3D robotic instruments to interact with anatomical regions within the augmented 3D surgical video footage.

Procedure steps

Maestro AR for IHR guides trainees through a complete Inguinal Hernia Repair procedure.  The module is divided into the following steps:

1. Patient Positioning and Setup

2. Exposure of Pre-peritoneal Space

3. Reduction of Hernia Sac

4. Positioning and Suturing of the Mesh

5. Closing the Peritoneum

Cognitive teaching

Audio narration from Dr. Low provides guidance through all steps of the procedure.  At periodic intervals, trainees must answer multiple choice questions and identify anatomical structures and surgical landmarks in order to proceed through the module.

Skills development

Designed to develop pyschomotor robotic skills, the IHR module includes embedded Suturing and Knot Tying exercises designed to match and improve techniques used in this procedure.

Training Assessment

As with all other Mimic simulation exercises, Maestro AR uses Mimic’s pioneering and industry standard MScore™ performance evaluation system.

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