Augmented Reality (AR) could be particularly effective in laparoscopic surgery and surgical planning, according to research from two universities. As AR is integrated into MIS, surgeons will no longer rely exclusively on endoscopes.
FREMONT, CA: Minimally invasive surgery has largely supplanted open surgery as the favored procedure in several medical specialties over the last few decades. Yet, Minimally Invasive Surgery’s (MIS) relatively restricted field of view poses complications when performing operations that need three-dimensional visualization, such as accurate device placement or removal of sensitive tissues.
Surgical scene reconstruction techniques have been used in previous technical attempts to widen the view during MIS. Most existing approaches, on the other hand, have yet to show consistent performance capabilities. As a result, there has recently been a greater emphasis on improving the pre-existing technology of Augmented Reality (AR).
The user can see the real environment with a layer of digital content layered on top. It can help surgeons overcome the visual limitations of MIS by increasing their range of view. Furthermore, because healthcare systems worldwide are currently under strain from the COVID-19 outbreak, innovative hospital methods to reduce viral transmissions between physicians and patients are in great demand. Surgeons who choose MIS may profit greatly from AR while doing operations that would ordinarily need open surgery. As a result of AR advancements and widespread implementation in MIS, patient exposure to aerosolized virus particles can be reduced.
AR will Aid in MIS Planning and Mapping
AR could be one of many strategies for decreasing the load on hospitals by controlling the coronavirus's transmission indirectly. MIS reduces surgeons' exposure to aerosolized coronavirus particles. Open surgery also usually necessitates a lengthier hospital stay, which increases the risk of nosocomial virus transmission while also putting a strain on hospital resources and bed capacity.
AR could be particularly effective in laparoscopic surgery and surgical planning, according to research from two universities. Because AR is integrated into MIS, surgeons will no longer rely exclusively on endoscopes. Instead, real-time AR projections of scans can be projected on patients to aid planning and improve device placement accuracy. Patients may experience less trauma and scarring as a result of this and a faster postoperative recovery.