Doctor uses 5G to direct surgery live from a stage at Mobile World Congress

Barcelona (CNN Business)When a team of doctors at Hospital Clinic Barcelona began removing a cancerous tumor from a patient’s colon on Wednesday, the surgeon overseeing the procedure was over three miles away.

In front of a packed auditorium at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona’s Fira Gran Via, the chief of the hospital’s gastrointestinal surgery unit used 5G technology to direct the operation via a live video link.
“If you cut these nerves, the patient will probably have urinary problems, sexual problems, many things,” Dr. Antonio Maria de Lacy told a rapt audience at the mobile tech industry event.
De Lacy then used a telestrator to highlight an area of the patient’s body with nerve-rich tissue. “You need to maintain this area,” he told his team, who could see the marking as they operated.
The hospital said it was the first time that doctors had used a 5G connection to communicate during surgery. De Lacy wasn’t performing the surgery himself, but he was able to provide instant advice and guidance.
De Lacy said that providing help in real time was only possible with a super-fast 5G connection.

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