The Growing Problem With Overuse Of Anesthesia

Anesthesia is over-utilized for surgeries that could be achieved under local anesthetic: WAVR will disrupt this expensive and dangerous practice by enabling awake surgery using Virtual Reality.

  • Every year more surgeries are happening due to a decreased threshold for elective surgery on elderly and high-risk patients.
  • Many procedures don’t require a patient be under full anesthesia, but it is used anyway.
  • Patients can die due to complications from surgery specifically linked to problems associated with being under anesthesia; Even during “routine surgeries” serious complications can occur and lead to death or long, expensive stays in the ICU*.

Anesthesia Related Complications...

Witnessed over 8 years by Dr. James Clarkson at a major research hospital:

  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack) and death 24 hours postoperative
  • Post operative pneumonia 10 days postoperative
  • Stroke 72 hours postoperative
  • Perioperative cardiac arrest
  • Pulmonary embolism postoperative
  • Multiple nerve palsies
  • Death: Postoperative loss of airway in ICU X3

Improving Outcomes In Modern Medicine

Imagine a better, safer, less costly, more sustainable surgical experience:

  • A world where you can take your routine medicines and eat lunch before surgery
  • Having surgery while completely awake, without fear
  • Exploring an entirely new, highly realistic, soothing environment while surgery is happening without feeling pain or anxiety