As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “in the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. Every year, about 805,000 people in the United States have a heart attack.”
Complex heart surgery in a safe virtual environment? TAVR Surgery makes it possible!
Due to such a high number of heart attacks, addressing this problem to both patients and healthcare practitioners is extremely critical today. While medicine has undeniably managed to propose many effective approaches to this issue, modern technologies can also make a significant contribution to medical training.
With this crucial challenge in mind, the Smart Tek team decided to take a proactive approach towards heart shunt surgery, which is one of the most common procedures in treating cardiovascular illnesses, such as heart attacks, peripheral vascular disorder, or coronary artery disease.
By working on such socially essential projects as TAVR Surgery, we not only showcase our deep knowledge and vast expertise in terms of VR development but also demonstrate our desire to improve current surgery practices in order to deliver better care for patients.
TAVR surgery is a unique VR training that may be used as scientific and educational material for cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and patients interested in the heart shunt surgery process. In a nutshell, it’s aimed at providing users with a better understanding of the procedures associated with transcatheter aortic valve (TAVR).
With more than 100 years of history, heart shunt surgery is still a relevant method of treatment. Moreover, thanks to modern trends in technology development, it has reached a fundamentally new level of accuracy and safety. Thus, TAVR surgery provides new opportunities for healthcare providers, medical students, and patients.
Leveraging VR technology, we managed to combine life-like 3D visualizations with a severe surgery process explained by best-in-class heart surgeons backed by years of practical experience.
How It Works
- Once users wear VR headsets, they’re immersed in a virtual operating room.
- Next to the operating table, they can see the screen demonstrating the patient’s vital signs.
- Additionally, users can move around the operating room.
- What makes this VR experience truly illustrative is the ability to switch to different body systems (skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular).
- To start the operation, it’s necessary to press the red “Start” button. It’s marked with a popup to make it easier for the users to navigate.
- When the operation starts, the users grab the interatrial shunt device while seeing how it plugs into the patient’s cardiovascular system and reaches the heart.
Virtual reality is an efficient way for training complex work skills, especially accurate ones such as surgery. It’s imperative that the person undergoing virtual training can get the most realistic experience with the minimized risk.This rigorous process has been implemented to ensure that healthcare practitioners (both students and experienced surgeons) can use this virtual experience to improve patient care delivery practices.
Our team worked from the initial concept to the full deployment of the finished module. Hence, Smart Tek created this MVP (Minimum Viable Product) to unleash the promising potential of VR technology in demonstrating heart surgery processes.
We believe TAVR Surgery is an excellent contribution to the training of highly qualified specialists in this field. Yet, the further away, the more incredible results VR can provide. That’s why TAVR Surgery is just the starting point in our further achievements in terms of heart surgery & technologies.