In a line of work where the margin for error is so slim, it would make sense to use virtual reality (VR) as a realistic- yet low risk tool for training young surgeons. Dr. Justin Barad, CEO of Osso VR, decided to create his company after seeing flaws in the training process for orthopedic surgeons.
With many new surgeons performing their first real operation after reading manuals, watching videos, and maybe performing an operation on a cadaver, Barad wanted to incorporate a tool that allows residents to perform several mock operations before making their debut in the surgery room. With Osso VR, they can do just that.
Giving users the ability to look around the room and use controllers to perform a sham surgery, the device creates a very realistic and accurate surgical setting that residents can familiarise themselves with in their training.
The Osso VR software even gives a diagnostic report after the 'surgery', providing accuracy, time, and other measurements that commonly used to evaluate surgeons. “Our product offers highly realistic hand-based interactions in an immersive training environment”, said Dr. Justin Barad, CEO.
Barad claimed that the tactile feedback of the system is extremely similar to that of a real surgery, with vibrations and other feedback from the tools creating a very realistic simulation.
As for the lesser than realistic graphics, Barad stated the purpose of Osso VR is to make the user comfortable with the general sequence and setting of the operation, and that expensive graphics were not necessary to do so.
Osso VR has experienced huge success since its inception one year ago, raising $2m in funding and winning awards from both the US Department of Education and MedTech Innovator.
A UCLA study even showed that in a knee operation, medical students who used the software outperformed their peers who did not. Barad said the company is working with major medical device manufacturers to create training courses for Osso VR as well.