Laparoscopic surgery is a highly specialized surgical procedure that requires a high level of training for surgeons and places high technical demands on manual skill and imagination. The training for laparoscopic operations is subject to a measurable learning curve which is reflected in operating times and complication rates. The training possibilities for beginners are thus limited. Surgery simulators can reduce and improve the training of young surgeons.
In order to solve these problems, the "VIRTOP" (Virtual Operation Training) network paved the way for a collaboration between several small and medium-sized companies as well as research partners in order to develop a cost-effective surgical simulator. The goal was to develop a simulator that could be produced in a standardized manner and would find broad applications in surgical training. In this regard, the Cluster Medical and Health Technology Saxony-Anhalt took over the coordination of several development tasks. The "VIRTOP" project received funding as a Network Management East (NEMO) project under the federal Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM).