How VR can make better surgeons?
Updated: Feb 12
We make mistakes when we learn and that’s how we learn. However, for doctors and medical staff, the stakes are incredibly high because the lives of patients are involved. In surgery, millions of preventable surgical errors happen globally every year. It’s these small errors that add up and cost hospitals, doctors & patients billions world-wide.
What if you had the possibility to improve the efficiency of surgical training and train surgeons flexibly and efficiently? Are the surgeons in your hospital prepared to become the best?
Current challenges in surgical training:
Surgical simulation has already been here. Doctors have been training for keyhole or laparoscopic surgeries using 2D; this technique works for minimally invasive surgeries.
According to Dr.Schlenzka, the problem is in open surgeries like orthopaedic surgery which is done in a complex 3D environment which means that the training has to happen in a 3D environment too.
How VR can help with surgical training:
With professional medical artists, it is possible to create anatomically perfect structures of the body in 3D. This can then be transferred into VR for educating and training surgeons about complex medical procedures efficiently.
It has been shown that VR can improve the skills needed for an Orthopaedic surgery which is a form of open surgery.
Employing VR can reduce training costs because surgeons get trained effectively and fewer complications mean lower costs for the hospitals and the patients.
VR makes it flexible and scalable for surgeons to get trained and educated on how to handle complications in a safe environment thus being prepared even better for actual surgeries.
It all comes down to this: Virtual Reality is the better way you are looking for. It is here. It is now and it is the future. The question is, are you going to be a part of the future or not.