Over the past decade, a number of significant strides have been made in the medical world. An HPV vaccine was created, the human genome draft was released and so many more. Recently, another achievement was made when a new surgery assisting software was released that may be the future of surgical procedures.

A few weeks ago, Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sitta, Head of Plastic Surgery at the American University of Beirut Medical Center performed surgery using only an iPad. A new software called Proximie makes it possible to conduct a surgery from a different location. The surgeon sees a live video feed of the patient and can then draw on the screen the incision that needs to be made. The surgeon in the room with the patient then follows the drawing and makes the correct incisions.

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Dr. Abu-Sitta said using Proximie is “the equivalent of being there in the room with them.” Surgeons can demonstrate in real time what needs to be done for a successful procedure.

The simplicity of Proximie, which requires just two iPads, could help patients all over the world. Two-thirds of the world’s population lacks access to safe medical care. With the new software, educated surgeons can direct surgeons in these less fortunate countries to complete a safe surgery.

The software can also be used as a useful training aid. Medical students no longer have the opportunities to watch a liver surgery. Many surgery viewing galleries don’t exist anymore. Having the ability to watch a live feed video of a surgery can make up for that. Proximie co-founder Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram believes that, to learn surgery correctly, it needs to be experienced firsthand. This is one of the goals of Proximie.

See the original story on CNN Health.

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