Simulare 3D printed cleft lip and palate simulator makes UK debut

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In a European premiere at the 14th International Congress on Cleft Lip, Palate and Associated Craniofacial (Cleft) 2022, Simulare Medical, a division of Smile Train, will bring together surgeons from around the world to test the latest innovation in cleft range organisation. training tools – the Simulare bilateral cleft lip and palate simulator 3D printed.

A cleft, or gap in the lip or soft palate, is the most common facial difference worldwide and affects around 1 in 700 newborn babies. In the UK, cleft surgery is usually performed within the first 12 months of a baby’s life, by the NHS. However, hundreds of thousands of children living in resource-poor communities around the world do not have access to the life-saving treatment they desperately need.

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Developed by leading plastic surgeons, the 3D printed Simulare bilateral cleft lip and palate simulator is an anatomically accurate, realistic, and invaluable training tool that will reduce the barriers to hands-on training for cleft surgeons in communities around the world. low-resource and worldwide, enabling Smile Train to empower local medical professionals with the training, funding and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in need. Global cleft experts who have the ability to simulate surgery with this world-class training tool reduce patient risk, lower training costs, and improve surgeon skills and confidence.

This simulator is just one of the many tools Smile Train uses to train healthcare professionals in over 70 countries where they have active programs. Through its locally-led, sustainable and scalable partnership model, the organization supports essential cleft care for children in their own communities and strengthens local health systems.

The 3D printed simulator resembles the anatomy and texture of various tissue types such as skin, muscle, and fat to create one of the most realistic and faithful models available today. This means that surgeons and trainees can practice and perfect realistic incisions, dissections and suturing outside of the operating room without risk to patients. Sham surgery has been shown to improve outcomes for thousands of children born with cleft lip and palate across the world every year.

“Put simply, our bilateral simulator saves lives. But not only that, by equipping surgeons around the world with training tools such as our simulator, we can significantly improve the lives of children, giving them the opportunity to thrive. Giving partner surgeons access to this revolutionary technology means that no matter where a child lives, they can have access to the same high-quality cleft care and treatment. The European debut of our simulator at Cleft 2022 is a truly exciting time for us – it means we continue to hone hundreds of expert partner slots. When local surgeons have access to the most advanced tools, it strengthens their ability to provide the best care possible and enables them to perform surgeries safely, wherever they are in the world,” said Ian Vallance , director of Smile Train UK.

Christine E. Phillips