Real time surgery from two of the Trust’s operating theatres was beamed via Satellite link to a conference centre in south west London where around 500 surgeons, nurses and industry partners were able to observe the procedures as they happened and interact with the surgeons through moderators.
The live operating link-up took place as part of the annual scientific conference of The Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ALSGBI).
Delegates were able to observe five complex keyhole procedures including upper gastrointestinal, colorectal and gynaecological surgery.
Operating surgeons from Royal Surrey were Professor Tim Rockall, Mr Andrew Kent, Mr Tim Worthington, Mr Shaun Preston and Mr Don Menzies, who was visiting the Trust from Colchester.
The procedures demonstrated the use of new 4K imaging systems from one theatre and the use of Indocyanine green technology to enhance the imaging of blood flow and the bile ducts during surgery from a second theatre.
The live-surgery day, supported by Olympus Medical and Karl Storz, was organised by Professor Rockall, who is a former President of the ALSGBI, Director of the Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (mattu) in Guildford (www.mattu.org.uk) and a Consultant Surgeon at the Trust.
“This is the fourth time in 20 years that Royal Surrey has either hosted the conference or provided the live surgery link up. The Royal Surrey mattu was the first to transmit surgery in high definition 3D back in 2013 and is now the first hospital to transmit in 4K”. said Professor Rockall.