Laparoscopic Virtual Reality Simulators

We have several Laparoscopic Virtual Reality Simulators available to all GSTT trainees at the centre. Trainees have the opportunity to book sessions with these machines to gain and perfect their laparoscopic skills in a safe environment. There is good evidence to show that these skills are transferable to the operating theatre. There are exercises suitable for all levels from novice to experts.

The next sessions available are:


  • 15th November 2017
  • 22nd November 2017
  • 30th November 2017
  • 8th December 2017
  • 18th December 2017

Booking a slot, please visit our Doodle page.

There are two time slots per day with two machines available in each slot. Please leave your full name when booking a time. Thank you.

If you have any questions or would like a customised set up please contact our technician at [email protected]

On your first visit we will show you how to use the simulators/trouble shoot and we will set up a personalized login and profile for you. This would allow you to track your progress and identify area(s) needing more practice.

Please be mindful that occasionally we may have to cancel a session due to lack of room or staff availability, but we will inform you ahead of time and try our best to accommodate you on another date. We ask that you let us know of any cancellations a week prior to the session so that the session may be available to another trainee.

About our virtual reality simulators

At the centre there are two different types of virtual reality simulators available to trainees: The LapVR CAE Healthcare Interventional Simulator and the LapSim© Surgical Science Simulator. Each of these systems has different modules and exercises. Task explanation, objectives and demonstration videos are available on the simulator for each exercise.

For the LapVR CAE Healthcare Interventional Simulator:

The LapVR simulator has haptic feedback and records several parameters. These include efficiency of movement, speed, use of non-dominant hand, tension on tissues/suture material etc and at the end of each module you’ll be given a breakdown of these parameters. There are different levels of difficulty for each task, ranging from 1 (easy) to 3 (difficult). The general surgery modules contain 8 different patient cases each, ranging from simple cases to more difficult ones, giving plenty of opportunities for practice on different scenarios.

The modules and exercises available are:

  • Module “Essential Skills”:
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    • Clip application
    • Cutting
    • Peg transfer
    • Knot tying
    • Needle driving
  • Module “Procedural Skills”:
    • Adhesiolysis
    • Running the bowel
    • Continuous stitch
    • Horizontal stitch
    • Loop ligation
    • Simple interrupted
  • Module “General Surgery”:
    • Appendicectomy
    • Cholecystectomy
  • Module “Ob-Gyn”:
    • Bilateral Occlusion
    • Ectopic Pregnancy
    • Salpingo Oophorectomy

For the LapSim© Surgical Science Simulator:

  • Module “Basic Skills”:
    • Camera Navigation
    • Instrument Navigation
    • Coordination
    • Grasping
    • Cutting
    • Catheter insertion
    • Clip applying
    • Lifting and Grasping
    • Handling intestines
    • Fine dissection
    • Seal & Cut
    • Suturing
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