Virtual Reality Delivers 5 Times More Efficient Surgery Training, AND MORE
Dr. Danny Goel connects remotely via Oculus Quest to talk about some principles of a revision knee arthroplasty.
Precision OS brings medical-grade, interactive virtual reality (VR) to surgical training for physicians.
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The Virtual Reality models of Precision OS are stunning. The way the controls adapt to real scalpels are other surgery equipment is pretty clever too. Surgery teams can collaborate remotely and practice on a hyper realistic model of the human body. Last May, at the Global Spine Congress (GSC) in Rio, the first ever cadaver-less surgery training course was scheduled to take place. (The Congress was since then deferred.)
In tangible ways, Virtual Reality is providing solutions that are cost-effective and safe. During lockdown times, the safety doubles as the students can continue to practice in social distancing. They are also more effective. According to a pilot study published on the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the leading orthopedic surgery publication, this virtual reality educational module led to 570% reduction in training time compared to regular circumstances, in a pilot with 19 residents and 7 expert surgeons, the VR-trained group completed the task on a real body faster and achieved superior instrument handling scores, without downsides on verbal and written knowledge scores under the Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills (OSATS) guidelines.
In the case of surgery training, the significant costs do not offset the logistical challenges of having a supply of properly flash-frozen cadavers —not always with the right pathology match— ready for all students to practice, on operating room that are often needed for life-threatening procedures.