Simulare Medical, a division of Smile Train, announces patent-pending bilateral cleft lip and palate simulator
Developed by leading plastic surgeons to help accelerate the learning curve of reconstructive cleft lip and palate surgery training, the Simulare Medical Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Simulator is an anatomically accurate, realistic and invaluable training tool that will reduce patient risk, lower training costs, and elevate the skills and confidence of surgeons globally.
Smile Train is the world’s largest slots-focused organization. For over 20 years, Smile Train has supported safe, quality cleft care for over 1.5 million children worldwide.
“This latest innovation advances our vision of providing care to everyone affected by cleft and demonstrates our commitment to leveraging technology to further education and change lives,” said Susannah Schaefer, President and CEO of Smile Train. “We are deeply invested in continuing the evolution of training that creates more sustainable healthcare systems. We look forward to seeing this simulator have a positive impact on cleft surgeons early in their careers and on professionals long-timers looking to hone their skills as well as our recipients, no matter what type of slot they have.”
Although children around the world suffer from unilateral and bilateral clefts, traditional cleft lip/palate simulators only treat unilateral clefts. This simulator goes a step further by introducing a tool that can treat bilateral clefts (i.e. involving both sides of the mouth). This added functionality opens the doors for surgeons and trainees to be able to treat more children with refined techniques.
Built with 3D technology, the simulator uses materials printed to resemble the anatomy and different tissue types, such as skin, muscle, and fat, found inside the mouth to create one of most realistic models available today. In addition to state-of-the-art technology, the musculature and soft tissue layers were developed from literature descriptions and consultation with expert cleft surgeons. When local surgeons have access to the most advanced tools, it strengthens their ability to provide the best possible care and enables them to perform surgeries safely, wherever they are in the world.
“Surgeons in low- and middle-income countries often face significant barriers to continuing education. This simulator is more than just a revolution in training technology,” said Dr. Roberto L. Flores, Joseph G. McCarthy Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Director of Cleft Lip and Palate at NYU Langone Health, and a member of the Smile Train Global Medical Advisory Board. “It’s a way to advance fairness, ensuring that a talented surgeon from Malawi has the same training opportunities as a surgeon in dallasand that babies born with unilateral or bilateral cleft lip and palate have access to the same level of care no matter where they live. »
With Simulare Medical handcrafting its simulators at its facilities in Canada, the division can ensure that each product is of high quality and will have an even greater impact on the patients who benefit from it. In international studies and training workshops, Simulare Medical surgical simulators are consistently recognized as a high-impact, convenient, and low-cost way to develop and improve surgical skills without risk to patients.
Learn more about accessing safe, high-quality surgical training at smiletrain.org/simulare. To learn more about Smile Train’s global efforts, please visit smiletrain.org. Follow @SmileTrain on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram for Simulare technology and training updates.
About Smile Train
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with the training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children around the world. We offer a lasting solution and a scalable global health model for treating cleft, dramatically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about how Smile Train’s sustainable approach means donations have both immediate and long-term impact, please visit smiletrain.org.
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