In a European debut at the 14th International Congress of Cleft Lip, Palate & related Craniofacial (Cleft 2022). Simulare Medical, a Division of Smile Train, will bring together surgeons from across the world to trial the newest innovation in the organisation's line of cleft training tools: The Simulare Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Simulator.
A cleft, or gap in the lip or soft palate, is the most common facial difference globally and affects around 1 in 700 newborn babies. In the UK, cleft surgery is usually carried out within the first 12 months of a baby's life by the NHS. However, hundreds of thousands of children living in resource-poor communities worldwide do not have access to the lifesaving cleft treatment they desperately need.
Developed by leading plastic surgeons, the Simulare Medical Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Simulator is an anatomically accurate, lifelike, and invaluable training tool that will reduce barriers to hands-on training for cleft surgeons in low-resource communities and around the world, enabling Smile Train to empower local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in need. For further information see the IDTechEx report on 3D Printing in the Medical and Dental Industry 2019 - 2029.
Global cleft experts who have the opportunity to simulate surgery with this world-class training tool reduce patient risk, decrease training costs, and elevate the skills and confidence of surgeons. Smile Train will be hosting a private workshop for visiting Smile Train partners at Cleft 2022 on Thursday 14th July between 7.30-10.30am. The hands-on workshop, led by internationally renowned cleft surgical expert and Smile Train Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Roberto L. Flores1, will mark the European debut of the groundbreaking simulator.
This simulator is just one of the many tools Smile Train uses to train medical professionals in the 70+ countries where they have active programs. Through its locally led, sustainable, and scalable partnership model, the organisation supports essential cleft care for children in their own communities and strengthens local health systems.
Printed with 3D technology, the simulator resembles the anatomy and texture of various kinds of tissue such as skin, muscle, and fat to create one of the most realistic, high-fidelity models available today. This means surgeons and trainees can practice and perfect true-to-life incisions, dissections, and suturing outside of the operating room with no risk to patients.
According to multiple studies*, surgeons who have trained with Simulare Medical simulators have proven better prepared for the many challenges and nuances of palate surgery. Simulated surgery has been shown to improve outcomes for thousands of children born with cleft lip and palate across the world each year.
Ian Vallance, Smile Train UK Director, said: "Simply put, our Bilateral Simulator saves lives. But not only this, by equipping surgeons from across the globe with training tools such as our Simulator, we can drastically improve children's lives, giving them the opportunity to thrive. Giving partner surgeons access to this revolutionary technology means that wherever a child lives, they can have access to the same high-quality cleft care and treatment. The European debut of our Simulator at Cleft 2022 is a really exciting moment for us - it means we continue to upskill hundreds of partner cleft experts. When local surgeons have access to the most advanced tools, it builds their capacity to provide the best care possible and empowers them to perform surgery safely no matter where they are in the world."
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About Smile Train:
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children's lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about how Smile Train's sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit www.smiletrain.org.uk .
About the 14th International Cleft Congress, Cleft 2022:
Hosted every four years, Cleft 2022 will be a hybrid (in-person and online) event in Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) between 11-15 July 2022. Smile Train is the proud premier supporter of Cleft 2022 and bridges cultures and generations, providing opportunities for hundreds of international cleft leaders and experts from 46 countries to:
- build capacities and meaningful connections
- exchange knowledge and research in multidisciplinary areas of cleft care from surgery to technological advances
- strengthen cleft care at global, regional, and national levels
Throughout the week-long event, Smile Train and its partners will host an array of cleft experts to present research and best practices around comprehensive cleft care.
Source and top image: PHA Group