Laparoscopic surgery training interface

    Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure on which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions using several specialized instruments. The laparoscopic surgery success greatly depends on surgeon skills and training. To achieve these technical high-standards, different apprenticeship methods have been developed, many based on in vivo training, an approach that involves high costs and complex setup procedures.
This project explores Virtual Reality (VR) simulation as an alternative for novice surgeons training. Even though several simulators are available on the market claiming successful training experiences, their use is extremely limited due to the economic costs involved. In this work, we present a low-cost laparoscopy simulator able to monitor and assist the trainee’s surgical movements. The developed prototype consists of a set of inexpensive sensors, namely an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a magnetometer and a flex sensor, attached to specific laparoscopic instruments.

Additional Information

  • S. F. Queiros, J. L. Vilaça, N. F. Rodrigues, S. C. Neves, P. M. Teixeira, and J. Correia-Pinto, "A laparoscopic surgery training interface," in Serious Games and Applications for Health (SeGAH), 2011 IEEE 1st International Conference on, 2011, pp. 1-7.