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The value of haptic feedback in conventional and robot-assisted minimal invasive surgery and virtual reality training: a current review.

Authors
  • van der Meijden, O A J1
  • Schijven, M P
  • 1 Department of Surgery, University Medical Centre Utrecht, P.O. Box 85500, 3508 GA, Utrecht, The Netherlands. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Surgical Endoscopy
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
June 2009
Volume
23
Issue
6
Pages
1180–1190
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00464-008-0298-x
PMID: 19118414
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the current literature, no firm consensus exists on the importance of haptic feedback in performing minimally invasive surgery. Although the majority of the results show positive assessment of the benefits of force feedback, results are ambivalent and not unanimous on the subject. Benefits are least disputed when related to surgery using robotics, because there is no haptic feedback in currently used robotics. The addition of haptics is believed to reduce surgical errors resulting from a lack of it, especially in knot tying. Little research has been performed in the area of robot-assisted endoscopic surgical training, but results seem promising. Concerning VR training, results indicate that haptic feedback is important during the early phase of psychomotor skill acquisition.

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