App Review of TouchSurgery by KINOSIS

Surgical simulation is becoming an increasingly important educational tool and performance metric in the training of orthopedic surgeons. Understanding and visualising a surgical procedure before executing it in practice is crucial to surgical training success. TouchSurgery by Kinosis was one of the first surgical simulation apps available on mobile devices and we reviewed it last year — making us huge fans.  Kinosis took it to a new level though with a tremendous update that was just released.

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This app continues to be a leader in surgical simulation mobile apps. The content and graphics recreate the surgical operating room with incredible detail. The app design allows for step-by-step instruction and testing of common surgical procedures. The updated app is enhanced with modules from Duke University, Stanford University, and the Imperial College London. This app is an excellent resource for any surgical trainee looking to expand their surgical knowledge of common procedures.

User Interface

The app requires login information to setup a free account. Once the account has been created, the user has access to many different surgical simulation modules.

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These modules range from procedures related to general surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, and orthopedic surgery. The modules are listed on the main page and have a “download” option on the right of each module.

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After downloading, the modules have several components related to each topic including a section to learn about the topic, test your knowledge of the topic, review your scores in procedure performance, and perform the surgical simulation of the procedure. The longer procedures are broken down into multiple sections and downloads. For example, the anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction module is broken down into seven parts.

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The graphics are very impressive and do a wonderful job of recreating the operating room environment. They also accurately display human anatomy with impressive detail. I have not seen another app that so clearly illustrates human anatomy with surgical simulation.

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The user progresses through the procedures by moving a green circle to a pink circle to simulate a surgical step. This simple finger gesture is surprisingly good at recreating maneuvers and techniques used in the operating room.

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In the testing mode, the user has to answer questions or perform the simulated step from the learning simulation module. At the end of these modules, the user is provided with a score report to asses how well they have learned the topic. This is a great feedback tool for learning these procedures.