Virtual surgery gets real | Rémi Rousseau

Researchers in Paris used two synchronized GoPro cameras to capture a total hip replacement from the surgeon’s perspective and then played it back in 3D on an Oculus Rift as a training tool.

When you’re a surgeon in training, you always have a task to do during the surgery; it becomes difficult to see what the main surgeon is doing. Being able to live a surgery in the surgeon’s shoes thanks to the Rift is very useful to replay the surgery in detail, pause, fast forward or backwards. It can also be an inspiring way to share and learn new techniques among surgeons.

Maybe a bit of an overstatement, but viewing complex surgeries from the lead surgeon’s point-of-view has undoubted value for both surgical residents and experienced surgeons learning new techniques.