Hospital for Special Surgery uses VR technology for orthopedic surgery training: 4 notes

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New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery installed virtual reality surgical training software to assist with orthopedic surgery residency training, according to ABC affiliate WABC.

Four notes:

1. The Osso VR system is designed to allow orthopedic surgeons to practice knee, hip and spinal procedures.

2. Hospital for Special Surgery's 45 orthopedic surgery residents are using the VR system in the hospital's simulation lab to practice before operating on cadavers.

3. The $3,000 technology also provides a numerical score at the end of an individual's training session.

4. "[The technology] lets [residents] practice in a very safe environment," said Mathias P. Bostrom, MD, orthopedic surgeon at HSS and vice chairman of education and academic affairs. "It lets us assess their performance and lets them assess how they're doing as well. And they can do it over and over again."

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