Posted on: 02/01/2019


Artificial intelligence-based ‘open orthopaedic surgery simulator’ launched in the country.

Artificial intelligence-based ‘open orthopaedic surgery simulator’ launched in the country.An artificial intelligence-based ‘open orthopaedic surgery simulator’ has been launched recently in the country to provide practical training to young medical graduates and let them have an experience similar to that of an operation theatre without putting lives of patients in jeopardy. According to doctors, the technology is best suited for India where the doctor – patient ratio is one of the lowest in the world. It will lead to creating an environment where surgeries are done by experienced hands only.

This technology has been launched by MedAchievers Academic Council (a global initiative of MedAchievers) and Labindia Healthcare, and soon will be available at some medical colleges at undergraduate and post-graduate levels across country. Dr Harsha Vardhan, Founder and Managing Director of MedAchievers told that this simulator would be used in knee surgeries, spine surgeries, on basic healing, trauma and other types of surgeries. “The move will definitely help save several lives that are lost due to lack of proficient doctors in specific domain. This will also lead to an increase in the pool of trained doctors,” he added.

“Similar simulators have been launched in genomics as well. The ‘open surgery simulator’ provides the essential practical environment so that the doctors are able to see the results in the same fashion as they can see in real time during the surgery. As, it has real-time tools to create required set of performance indicators, it will help the doctors be prepared without hurting the patients and let the former gauge their improvement in performing surgeries,” Dr Vardhan said.

“Open Surgery Simulator will create an environment where experienced hands only do the surgeries on patients and will help doctors in critical orthopaedic surgeries even in smaller cities of India,” said the Director of Haematology and Stem Cell transplant, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Dr Rahul Bhargava.

“The technology will provide a great opportunity to young doctors to get trained in conditions that are considerably akin to operation theatres. Once these trained doctors start performing surgeries, results will speak for themselves,” Dr R. K. Pandey, Member, National Executive Committee, Indian Medical Association (IMA) said.

The baseline skills of surgeons will be enhanced with this simulator. Considering that Orthopaedics is an intricate sphere requiring specialized training for upgrading skills, this simulator will enable the young practitioners to see real surgeries virtually and will thus help them perform better.

According to Dr Aashish Chaudhry, MD and HOD Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement, Aakash Healthcare Super Specialty Hospital, “the training needs to be given to young surgeons and doctors at college level itself. The AI-driven simulator will bring in revolutionary changes in the field of knee and spine surgeries,” he added. 


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