Zimmer Biomet collaborates on VR scoliosis surgery training

Spinal Tech

A new virtual reality training software allows surgeons to practice minimally invasive scoliosis surgery in teens.

The module, from PrecisionOS lets surgeons practice the vertebral body tethering scoliosis treatment, according to an Aug. 4 news release. It's a minimally invasive alternative to a posterior spinal fusion and significantly reduces the challenges of an open surgery.

Zimmer Biomet's spinoff spine and dental business, NewCo, is using the procedures to augment training for surgeons and sales reps.

"Virtual reality simulation can significantly enhance surgeon training and we are very impressed with the unique user experience that PrecisionOS creates within that space," Rebecca Whitney, global spine president at Zimmer Biomet said in a press release. "Equally impressive is the level of professionalism and collaboration that PrecisionOS has brought as a business partner, supporting our goal to deliver safe and effective VBT procedural outcomes for our surgeon customers and their patients."

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