By Mail on Sunday Reporter
Published: 22:01 GMT, 1 February 2020 | Updated: 22:01 GMT, 1 February 2020
Patients undergoing surgery can now be ‘transported’ to tropical beaches and mountain lakes thanks to hi-tech headsets.
The virtual-reality devices are being offered as part of a trial to patients on local anaesthetics for upper-limb surgery at St George’s Hospital in South London. The service is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK and the hope is that the gadget will make procedures less daunting, and avoid some general anaesthetics.
Calming music is played as the headset shows images of tropical locations. ‘It avoids the need for general anaesthesia, which takes patients much longer to recover from,’ says consultant orthopaedic surgeon Shamim Umarji, who is leading the study.
Calming music is played as the headset shows images of tropical locations. The virtual-reality devices are being offered as part of a trial to patients on local anaesthetics (file photo)
Austin Mills, 23, from Putney, wore the VR headset during surgery to repair a broken wrist. ‘It was a mountain setting,’ he says. ‘I felt like I was really there – apart from the occasional tug on my shoulder.’
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Researchers at Imperial College, London investigating how fibre feeds ‘healthy’ gut bacteria and helps reduce appetite, have created a daily capsule that could help keep people slim.
The scientists are recruiting