SensOR has developed the ForceFilm, an add-on force-sensing system for any standard minimally invasive surgical (MIS) instrument, which provides real-time force feedback for surgeons and surgical residents. The ForceFilm accurately measures the forces exerted on the tissue from the instrument tip and wirelessly communicates the force information to the surgeon via visual force-feedback – reducing the use of unsafe force levels and variability during surgery, thereby increasing surgical safety and patient satisfaction, and accelerating surgical training programs.
SensOR’s vision is to more effectively and efficiently train surgical residents, increase safety of MIS, and use our force-sensing technology to enable new surgical procedures that are not possible today.
Surgical Safety It is Our Motivation
Medical error is the third largest cause of death, and improper application of force makes up an estimated 12% of all medical error. Knowledge of the amount of force applied to the tissue will allow surgeons to operate more accurately and safely and transform surgical training programs.
MIS is quickly being adopted because of its reduction in surgical trauma compared to open surgery; however there are still issues associated with this improved surgical procedure. The main disadvantages are:
Lack of training or inexperience of surgeon.
Minimal feedback provided by the surgical endoscope camera view.
Deprived sense of touch increasing risk of accidental injury - leading to longer recovery time, hospital stays AND post-operative complications.
The impact which these issues have on patient safety has motivated SensOR to develop the ForceFilm. The potential for SensOR’s ForceFilm to enhance training programs and reduce medical error in surgery brings value to surgeons, hospitals, and patients alike.
Typical MIS Surgery
Improves surgical safety, putting the focus on better outcomes and greater satisfaction and faster recovery times.
Enhances surgery and training without having to replace current suite of surgical instruments or alter hospital workflow.
Improves force accuracy and allows surgeons to standardize their procedures, withough disrupting the current surgical workflow.
For Medical Residents
Accelerates overall training process and gives residents more independence when learning with real-time force feedback.
Meet The Team
Chief Executive Officer
Entrepreneur to his second MedTech start-up company with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and over 5 years of engineering experience in a diverse array of sectors and roles - specializing in medical devices.
UofT medical student, with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, shows his passion of solving medical problems with innovative engineering solutions through the research and development of SensOR's technology.
General surgeon and Director of Surgical Oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children with extensive experience performing Minimally Invasive Surgery. As well, Dr. Gerstle spent 7 years as a Surgical Program Director.
Program Director within the Centre for Image Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI) at the Hospital for Sick Children with and MBA in finance and over 13 years of management and technical experience.
Business Development Lead
SensOR's newest team member, with a B.Eng in biomedical engineering. Dedicated to bringing our force-sensing technology to the surgical market and improving safety within the healthcare industry.
Professional engineer who was part of the founding management of Celestica and has extensive experience in global operations, product development, supply chain management, and entrepreneurial ventures.
ENT surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital and professor emeritus from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, with vast experience in early stage development of medical education programs.
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