The benefits of virtual reality simulator training for laparoscopic surgery

Roger Hart, K. Karthigasu

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    Purpose of reviewVirtual reality is a computer-generated system that provides a representation of an environment. This review-will analyse the literature with regard to any benefit to be derived from training with virtual reality equipment and to describe the current equipment available.Recent findingsVirtual reality systems are not currently realistic: of the live operating environment because. they lack tactile, sensation, and do not represent a complete operation. The literature suggests that virtual reality training is a valuable learning tool for gynaecologists in training, particularly those in the a early stages of their careers. Furthermore, it may be of benefit for the ongoing audit of surgical skills and for the early identification of a surgeon's deficiencies before operative incidents occur. It is only a matter of time before realistic virtual reality models of most complete gynaecological operations are available, with improved haptics as a result of improved computer technology.SummaryIt is inevitable that in the modern climate of litigation virtual reality training will become an essential part of clinical training, as evidence for its effectiveness as a training tool exists, and in many countries training by operating on live animals is not possible.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)297-302
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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