Mon Health doctor discusses using virtual reality art therapy to combat opioid abuse

Monongalia and Preston

Mon Health Medical Center is offering virtual reality to combat opioid abuse and reduce pain. 

This therapy is currently being used within Urology and will soon be used in the Infusion Center. 

While patients are undergoing treatment or surgery, they are transported out of the hospital, into a virtual art museum. 

The device is called MONA.  

Volunteers from Morgantown High School and the community serve as tour guides.

Mon Health Medical Center Urologist and Director of Robotic Surgery, Dr. Shakuri-Rad, began using virtual reality headsets during vasectomies in 2018. 

“So, the mind plays a big role in the perception of pain, and virtual reality is the perfect platform to change people’s perceptions regarding what’s going on during the procedure or perhaps if they are undergoing chemo-therapy or other invasive and uncomfortable treatments in a hospital setting,” said Dr. Shakur-Rad.

Mon Health Medical Center nurses and volunteers will help patients to use the arts program. 

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