From developing new life-saving techniques to training the doctors of the future, VR has a multitude of applications for health and healthcare, from the clinical to the consumer.
When we think about virtual reality, we usually tend to link it with entertainment. How many of us know that VR creates a revolution in the healthcare industry? It has made a significant improvement in the lives of people with autism, chronic pain, and other health conditions.
The global VR healthcare market is expected to reach $5.1 billion by 2025 according to a new report.
In the last decade, there has been an exponential increase in the number of surgeries done by robots. Robotic surgery has developed as a platform for Virtual reality. Robotic surgery is a recent innovation in which surgery is performed using a robotic device, e.g. a robotic arm which is controlled by a human surgeon. This means fewer risks of complications during surgery and a faster procedure. The robotic device is accurate, meaning smaller incisions, reduced blood loss, and faster recovery. Virtual reality enables the surgeon to control the movements of the robotic arm, in particular, small, delicate movements which would be difficult to perform by a human surgeon. Another use is ‘remote telesurgery’ where the patient is operated on by a surgeon who is in a different location. In other words, he or she is in a separate location to the patient.