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Laparoscopic, or minimally invasive surgery, may be much easier on the patient, but that isn’t necessarily so for the surgeon. Laparoscopic surgeries are more challenging than conventional surgeries because of the restricted vision, hand-eye coordination problems, limited workspace, and lack of tactile sensation. Thus, laparoscopic surgery can be more difficult for medical students and residents to master, says Jerzy Rozenblit, a UA Distinguished Professor and Raymond J. Oglethorpe Endowed Chair in the electrical and computer engineering department.
Rozenblit, in collaboration with the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center, is developing virtually assisted surgical training systems and computer-guided techniques to help minimize the challenges and improve surgical outcomes for patients. The Distinguished Professor, who holds a joint appointment in the College of Medicine’s department of surgery, will be the next speaker at TEDX Tucson on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the UA Bookstore. The TEDX talk, “Computer Assisted Surgical Training: Enhancing Patients’ Safety Through High Technology and Human Skill,” is free. Attendees are encouraged to register.