Virtual help for real surgery: The case of awake surgery

Giovanni Albani, Pietro Cipresso, Andrea Gaggioli, Silvia Serino, Cinzia Vigna, Lorenzo Priano, Alessandro Mauro, Angelo Franzini, Giuseppe Riva

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Awake surgery can be highly stressful for patients. In fact, being awake, patients could perceive that the environmental demands are taxing or exceed their adaptive abilities. We proposed the use of Virtual Reality as a functional and effective tool for a new class of clinical applications aimed at helping patients to cope with these specific stressful situations. Using coping skills that have been learnt during the virtual experience, patients can reduce their psychological stress and improve their collaboration and - in general - the outcome of the intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 19: NextMed, MMVR 2012 - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 9 2012Feb 11 2012


OtherMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 19: NextMed, MMVR 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNewport Beach, CA


  • Awake surgery
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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