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First in India: doctor uses Google Glass in surgery, allows world to see procedure live
September 18, 2013, 1:20 pm

In a first in India, a surgeon operated upon two persons wearing a pair of Google glass, allowing people across the globe to see the procedure live.

Chennai-based Dr JS Rajkumar, laparoscopy surgeon and chairman of Lifeline Hospital, became the second surgeon in the world to

operate using the cable-less device on Tuesday.

The two surgeries in the Chennai hospital were performed on a 43-year-old man for severe heart burn and on a 46-year-old woman for surgical hernia, developed after undergoing a bariatric surgery.

“We at Lifeline have always been ahead technologically and this was just another such attempt,” said Dr Rajkumar.

“As a surgeon I could access whatever information was available on the surgery right inside the operation theatre, and it is also a boon for medical students who can watch the surgery live on their computer screens anywhere in the world. Expert surgeons can guide surgeons during difficult surgeries from any part of the world,” he said.

Dr Rajkumar admitted to being a bit nervous at the start of the surgery.

“I was a wee bit nervous initially, which was obvious, considering I was aware the whole world was watching. But it was a trial run and there will be more surgeries happening in the coming weeks,” said Dr Rajkumar.

“This is going to be a game changer as it will give you tremendous transparency, and I am proud to be the first person to introduce it in India,” he added.

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