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Virtual Reality in Labor
with Dr. Melissa Wong
In episode 8, Dr. Mark Hoffman invites Drs. Melissa Wong of Cedars-Sinai and Tony Shanks of Indiana University to share the mic and talk about the use of virtual reality (VR) in labor.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2022, December 15). Ep. 8 – Virtual Reality in Labor [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Melissa Wong
Dr. Melissa Wong, MD, MHDS is a board-certified Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist and an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Anthony Shanks
Dr. Anthony Shanks is a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology with the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Mark Hoffman
Dr. Mark Hoffman is an OBGYN and minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon with University of Kentucky Healthcare.
Dr. Melissa Wong, MD, MHDS is a board-certified Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist and an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, California. She also works in the division of informatics and with the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health. Dr. Wong has studied the use of VR to mitigate the pain associated with labor, and she is continually finding opportunities for the use of VR to enhance the field of OB/GYN.
Dr. Tony Shanks, MD, a co-host of BackTable OBGYN, joins the podcast again as a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist at Indiana University. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of Education at the institution, as well as the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Director.
In this episode, Dr. Wong describes the methods and conclusions of her study, “Virtual Reality Reduces Pain in Laboring Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” which ultimately determined that the use of VR was associated with a reduction in pain during labor compared to patients who received no intervention.
The group also discusses the potential for VR within the obstetrical and gynecologic sides of the field, as well as the field of medicine in general. Some topics that were mentioned include the use of VR for in-office procedures and patient education through visualization of complicated surgical procedures. In addition, the group highlights the potential for additional technological advancements in medicine through augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and informatics.
Wong MS, Spiegel BMR, Gregory KD. Virtual Reality Reduces Pain in Laboring Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Perinatol. 2021 Aug;38(S 01):e167-e172. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1708851. Epub 2020 Jun 2. PMID: 32485759.
Sridhar A, Shiliang Z, Woodson R, Kwan L. Non-pharmacological anxiety reduction with immersive virtual reality for first-trimester dilation and curettage: a pilot study. Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2020 Dec;25(6):480-483. doi: 10.1080/13625187.2020.1836146. PMID: 33140989.
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