Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band) is the second most common weight loss procedure done in USA. The V-Band simulator developed at the interactive Medical Simulation Laboratory (iMedSim) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute trains surgeons and medical residents in this procedure before their operating room experience. The V-Band simulator has highly accurate anatomical features ( Custom made by Zygote Media Group, Inc.) and can simulate multiple organs and interactions in the same scene. The V-Band simulator follows the Pars flaccida technique for the Lap-Band placement. A custom made interface with two PHANToM Omni's (from Sensable Inc.) connected to instrumented tools provide force feedback to the user.

The V-Band simulator underwent its first successful validation study in Janury, 2010 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School), Boston, MA. The validation results showed that the V-Band simulator has excellent Face, Construct and Content validity.

This project is funded by NIH/NIBIB R01EB00587

The Principal investigator of this project is Dr. Suvranu De Sc.D, Associate Professor, MANE, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

The co-investigator of this project is Dr. Daniel B. Jones MD, MS, FACS, Director of the Weight Loss Surgery Center and Chief of the Minimally Invasive Surgical Services and an Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School.

Credits: Ganesh Sankaranarayanan Ph.D,
James Adair MD,
Tansel Halic MS,
Zhonghua Lu MS,
Woojhin Ahn Ph.D,
Saurabh Dargar (Undergraduate Research Student)
Sreekanth A.V MS,
Anderson Maciel Ph.D