Virtual and Augmented Reality in Spine Surgery: An Era of Immersive Healthcare.
In the dynamic realm of spinal surgery, the integration of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies is heralding a transformative era. These cutting-edge tools are not only reshaping the training landscape for surgical trainees, offering immersive and interactive experiences but are also enhancing the surgical precision of seasoned professionals in the operating room. While the potential of VR and AR is vast, their adoption is tempered by significant costs and challenges in seamless integration. As the spinal surgery community looks ahead, it becomes imperative to emphasize the validation, reliability, and thorough cost-benefit analysis of these technologies. This article delves into the current applications, benefits, challenges, and future trajectories of VR and AR in spinal surgery, underscoring their pivotal role in the evolution of immersive healthcare.
Hasan S, Miller A, Higginbotham D, Saleh ES, McCarty S. Virtual and augmented reality in spine surgery: an era of immersive healthcare. Cureus. 2023 Aug 23;15(8):e43964. doi: 10.7759/cureus.43964. PMID: 37746489.