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Virtual surgery becoming a reality

October 22, 2007 | Chris Payatagool
LONDON, England -- Virtual reality (VR) has come along way since its conception during the 1950's when cinematographer Morton Heilig first dreamed of creating a machine which would give theatre-goers an improved sensory entertainment experience. His 1962 creation the 'Sensorama' simulator earned him the sobriquet 'father of virtual reality'.

Half a century on and VR technology has well and truly come of age exercising a burgeoning influence in the fields of education and entertainment. Less well-known is the way virtual reality is transforming the delivery of services in medicine.

But surgical procedures carried out in recent weeks have demonstrated the extraordinary impact VR has made in improving the lives of patients all over the globe.

Earlier this month doctors in Argentina successfully completed a laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery. It was the first time that Dr Sergio Cantarelli and Dr Gabriel Edidi had performed the operation. Their mentor, bariatric surgeon Dr Alex Gandsas looked on as they successfully completed the stomach-reducing procedure on a 39-year-old woman.


[ via CNN]





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