Perceptual Difficulties with Laparoscopic Surgery
ODU SURF Lab
Aug 2009 - Dec 2013
In a series of studies, we examined perceptual difficulties involved with laparoscopic surgery using a secondary task.
Laparoscopic surgery (also called minimally-invasive surgery) is perceptually challenging because surgeons perform surgery through small incisions and view the operating site on a 2D monitor that is physically separate form the operating space.
My Master's thesis compared 2D and 3D laparoscopic movements, to support the theory that the lack of depth perception contributes to surgical difficulty.
We also evaluated the effectiveness of long-term practice with simulated laparoscopic tasks.