World’s First Surgery Streamed in Virtual Reality Live from London

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Professor Raqibul Anwar, the President & CEO of RAHETID has been working closely with Dr Shafi Ahmed, consultant surgeon at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Associate Dean, Queen Mary’s University, Medical School, in championing medical education through innovation.

Dr Shafi Ahmed, who has championed virtual reality technology in surgery has performed the operation and called it a “gamechanger” for healthcare innovation and education. He also said, the technology will “address the global inequalities in surgical health and will allow trainees and surgeons to connect and train remotely across the world”.

Using several cameras placed above the operating table, the surgery was broadcast live from The Royal London Hospital on April 14 and lasted between two and three hours. The operation was streamed using the VrinOR app (available on the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store) from 1 pm (UK time).

It was also viewed at several other hospitals around the globe including one in our own country named RAHETID. RAHETID (RA Hospital, Education and Training Institute, Dhaka) is the only partner institute of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) in Bangladesh. The institute is offering a structured training program of the ISCP of the UK Royal College of Surgeons (Intercollegiate) leading to Fellowship of the RCS England through Speciality Fellowship Education.

Professor Raqibul Anwar thinks this will revolutionise the traditional way of teaching surgery. RAHETID aired the operation at their premises at Plot 18C, Road 106, Gulshan 2 at 6PM (Bangladesh time). Renowned surgeons from around the country were present and watched it live. They were also able to ask questions and have them answered by Dr Shafi Ahmed himself.

Read more on the operation from Sky News, below. 

An operation has been broadcast for the first time live and in full virtual reality.

The video allowed people to see the whole of the operating theatre in 360 degrees – whereas previous attempts have only shown the surgery from the surgeon’s eye-level.

Viewers watched how members of the theatre team worked together at The Royal London Hospital.

The aim of the recording was to help teach surgeons in the developing world, and to help potential surgeons from other disadvantaged backgrounds to see what goes on.

The patient was a man who had an operation to remove cancer of the colon.