Virtual Endoscopic Simulation and Skills Acquisition Lab at Kasr AlAini

Mission

Inaugurated in 2020

The first Institutional fully integrated surgical endoscopic simulation center in Egypt.

Laparoscopic training is about hand-eye coordination. It is  unacceptable for surgical trainees to practice basic surgical and laparoscopic skills in the operating room, exposing patients to potential risk.
Virtual reality (VR) simulation has become an increasingly important part of technical skills acquisition in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. It is a safe, ethical, and repeatable alternative; it produces objective measurements of performance. Manual practice on  models and practice on tissue compliments the virtual modality.

Vision

Paradigm Shift in Training

Our Lab has caused a paradigm shift in training.

At VESSALKA all the instructors and lecturers are experienced staff at Kasr Al Aini’s department of Ob&Gyn. Our aim is to educate and produce high quality minimally invasive surgeons. Although it was initially meant for our staff, we will also be training surgeons from other departments and from outside our University. All due to the generosity of our donors who allowed us to procure the highest quality equipment.

We have the latest SurgicalScience haptic feedback Laparoscopic VR simulator equipped with 2D and 3D in addition to 360 degree immersion and team scenarios. And our Swiss VirtaMed Gyno-S VR simulator,  allowing ultra-realistic hysteroscopic procedures as well as training on IUD insertions, is the epitome of simulators.

GALLERY

VESSALKA

We Lead The Way!

Manual box trainers remain a pillar of hand-eye coordination training. We currently have 6 (soon to be 10) of the best Karl Storz Telepack/Pelvitrainer modules for laparoscopy. Budding hysteroscopists benefit from GESEA approved uterine training models.
In addition we have a dedicated lecture room with live feedback from all stations and from the main hospital operating theatres.
The human aspect was not forgotten. Our small facility was gifted original oil paintings from artists who wanted doctors to work in a calm environment.

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