Remote surgery: How far has medicine advanced with technology?

Only a few decades ago, a large number of things were unthinkable, in medicine we say that people who have HIV will be able to live with this virus. We have already written about the advantages and disadvantages of introducing the 5G network, and now we will mention it in the context of something that still sounds unthinkable: remote operations.

The Chinese started rehearsals last year, somewhere at the beginning. Namely, their surgeons used 5G technology to perform two operations on patients who were several thousand kilometers away from them.

Imagine how happy that starting point would be during a pandemic, which is still current, or during a huge emergency for a patient waiting for surgery on, say, another continent. Not to mention how much money could possibly be saved.

How did the operations go?

One operation was performed by a surgeon from Beijing, who operated on the liver of a patient in Shenzhen, and the other was performed by surgeon Ling Zipei, from a clinic on Hainan Island. He implanted a neural stimulator in the patient’s brain at the Beijing Clinical Center, as far as three thousand kilometers away.

What sets this way of operation apart is not only the expertise of the medical staff, but the speed of the connection between the surgeon and the robotic instruments, which is made possible by 5G technology.

The problem with such opportunities is that it takes time, investment and that not everything is fully explored. As far as expertise is concerned, there is, and in time there will be more, with the fact that investing in staff is inseparable with this way of working.

One difficulty that would accompany the introduction of this type of operation is mistrust. It was talked about for a while,when the question was raised about the possibility of remote operation with 5G technology.

We remind you that at the end of June last year,some companies released the first 5G base station and created an environment that can be used by domestic and foreign companies, startups, students and other interested parties.

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