Can virtual reality reduce postoperative pain in children?

Takeaway

  • Distraction-based virtual reality (VR-D) may provide transient pain relief and reduce anxiety in children with postoperative pain.

Why this matters

  • To better manage acute postoperative pain in children and avoid the potential risks of complications such as persistent postsurgical pain and opioid abuse, nonpharmacological strategies have been explored, including VR-D, as a method for reducing pain by redirecting attention.

  • This is the first study to examine the effectiveness of VR-D in managing acute postoperative pain and anxiety in a pediatric population.