Virtual Reality Arthroscopic Sports Surgery

In October 2023, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Unit-II at King Edward Medical University, Mayo Hospital Lahore, hosted a groundbreaking workshop on “Virtual Reality Arthroscopic Sports Surgery,” led by Prof. Faisal Masood and Course Director Dr. Mumraiz Salik Naqshband. The distinguished presence of Prof. Mahmood Ayyaz, the Vice-Chancellor of King Edward Medical University, as the chief guest lent prestige to the occasion, with his inaugural address marking the commencement of the event.

The primary objective of this innovative workshop was to offer education and hands-on training to Orthopaedic Surgeons while exploring the future of orthopaedic surgery training through cutting-edge technology. Prof. Faisal Masood, Head of Orthopaedic Unit-II, warmly welcomed workshop participants, underscoring the pivotal role of the latest technology in surgical specialties. Attendees gained insights into the advantages of simulators and virtual reality in surgery, ranging from practicing complex procedures to planning intricate surgeries, thereby enhancing patient safety and outcomes.

Prof. Mahmood Ayyaz shared his vast experiences and expertise in the realm of Robotic Surgery, highlighting the significance of modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and simulations. He revealed that a Robotic Surgery facility would soon be available at King Edward Medical University, as PC1 of Robotic Surgery has been approved at Mayo Hospital, Lahore, a development that will greatly benefit the Department of Orthopaedics.

Commending the efforts of Prof. Faisal Masood and his team, Prof. Mahmood Ayyaz acknowledged the workshop’s role in providing a platform for participants to explore futuristic approaches that enhance safety and precision for surgeons, ultimately benefiting patients. He personally operated the apparatus and lauded the immersive experience.

A highlight of the event was a real-time simulator demonstration by Dr. Mumraiz Salik, a trained Arthroscopic surgeon. He elucidated various steps and benefits of this module, allowing participants to experience and perform virtual procedures firsthand. Additionally, Dr. Mazhar Rafique demonstrated ACL reconstruction surgery in a virtual operation theater using a VR set, further enhancing the immersive learning experience.

This workshop, a part of the ongoing “Continuous Teaching & Training Initiative of Orthopaedics” by the Department of Orthopaedics, KEMU/MHL, attracted faculty members, residents, and students alike, marking a significant step forward in advancing orthopaedic surgical education and practice.