In 2010 in Leipzig/Germany, arised the idea of developing a simulation system that could enable surgeons to train lumbar discectomy surgeries under realistic challenges, but without risking the integrity of patients. Thanks to the Innovative Surgical Training Technologies (ISTT) project as part of the ForMaT program (Research for the Market in Team/BMBF), it was possible to model, based on real cases, the highly complex anatomy and physiology of the human lumbar posterior area. In 2012, the ISTT presented the first prototype of the simulation system for hands-on surgical trainings in the zone of the lumbar spine. Step by step, the ISTT became an independent multidisciplinary research group with physicians, engineers, economists, scientists, psychologists and educators, with the common objective of optimizing the surgical training methodology.
After several years of intensive research and development, it was possible to find the perfect match between innovative training concepts and anatomical realistic simulation systems.
Correspondingly, RSTT Real Surgical Training Technologies GmbH was born as an instrument for optimizing surgical training events in the lumbar spine zone. Nowadays, RSTT supports surgical training events by combining didactical methodologies with realistic surgical simulation systems. As spin-off of the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, RSTT keeps close cooperation with research institutions that enable easier access to new relevant research and development results.