Training without putting patients at risk
This is why we exist – to give surgeons an excellent platform to train the fundamental technical skills of keyhole surgery before entering the operation room. For more than 15 years, Surgical Science has been committed to providing state-of-the-art medical training simulators that focus on ease of use and validation. The simple idea is to learn the practical techniques of instrument handling in a realistic but safe environment so that you can pay 100% attention to the patient when you begin your practice.
Our vision is that every patient undergoing a medical procedure is certain that the care giver is trained and certified in a simulated environment.
In 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Dr. Anders Hyltander, a senior GI surgeon at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, believed that novice surgeons could be trained in critical skills and procedures long before entering the operating room. He theorized that real-time simulators could be developed to bridge the gap between classroom pedagogy and patient. Together with three young and skilled software engineers, Dr. Hyltander tested that hypothesis to great success.
Four years later in 1999, the quartet founded Surgical Science. After testing their simulator hypothesis, they recognized the market’s need for a comprehensive, dynamic virtual reality product to allow laparoscopic surgeons to hone their skills in a safe, rigorous and progressive environment before operating on humans. Several essential cornerstones were quickly identified. All future products must be flexible, upgradeable, run on a standard PC platform and represent state-of-the-art dynamic graphic simulations based on recreations of actual surgeries.
Surgical Science’s initial offering, LapSim®, was launched in 2001. Since then, LapSim has expanded to include best-in-class procedural simulation for cholecystectomy, appendectomy, advanced suturing and anastomosis, gynecology, hysterectomy, bariatrics, and nephrectomy.
Dr. Hyltander and his co-founders built Surgical Science with a clear vision – to benefit patients and the medical community by bringing a comprehensive, rigorous, and dynamic instructional system to surgical trainees. With a legacy rooted in surgical medicine and technology development, Surgical Science is helping medical professionals around the world train faster, safer, and more efficiently.
Today, two of the original software engineer founders – David Löfstrand and Anders Larsson – continue their work with Surgical Science.