Engineering Experts & Laparoscopic Surgery

Surgery, Operations RoomRensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers received a $2.3 Million NIH grant to develop and validate virtual reality hardware and software for training and certifying laparoscopic surgeons.  Rensselaer will develop a touch-sensitive virtual reality simulator that will standardize how surgeons are trained and certified to perform laparoscopic procedures.  Minimally invasive surgery is increasingly common and effective for operating inside the human abdomen. In these laparoscopic procedures, which use slender, handheld tools inserted into the body of the patient, the skill of the surgeon is the most important factor determining the success of the operation.

‘We want to give surgeons the best tools possible, so they can better hone their skills and successfully treat their patients,’ said project leader Professor Suvranu De, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer. Along with De, investigators working on this new study are Harvard Medical School Professor Daniel B. Jones and human factors engineering expert Caroline G. L. Cao, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Tufts University.

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