South African surgeon, Professor Stephen Roche, participated in a pioneering medical event with Microsoft.
The 24-hour run of 13 surgeries features 15 surgeons from 13 different countries around the world. The purpose being to highlight the massive benefits Microsoft's HoloLens 2 has for global surgical procedures.
The HoloLens is a wireless, holographic mixed reality headset that connects with apps and solutions to enhance or enable collaboration, innovation and productivity.
Compared to previous designs, HoloLens 2 is lighter, more comfortable and immersive for the surgeon. Hand and eye-tracking technology detects where the surgeon’s gaze is, allowing them to operate with greater precision.
Surgeons from South Africa, France, India, UAE, Ukraine, Germany, Belgium, Morocco, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, USA and the UK were able to use this impressive device to visualise and operate surgery via hologram, share their real-time view with their remote peers and train peers remotely.
"Interactions during the meetings and recording the surgery make you feel the other surgeons are in the room with you.Using this new technology and discussing surgery of the shoulder with world-recognised surgeons has allowed closer relations with the international shoulder community, especially as our normal interactions in international meetings have been cancelled during the pandemic," said Roche.
"We are all trying to solve some of the problems of shoulder replacements from different perspectives, and this allows us to share our knowledge in real-time. I think it has been a fantastic opportunity to show shoulder surgery in South Africa to the world.”