Help Lightning

Remote expertise through the power of merged reality

Access to this ground-breaking technology is included at no cost with an InterSurgeon clinician membership. Help Lightning allows experienced surgeons to guide and interactively assist others during operations in real-time, anywhere in the world.

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What are the benefits of Help Lightning for surgeons?

In light of the pandemic, and for the foreseeable future, the conventional ways of establishing collaborative partnerships through physical visits are not going to be possible. However, because Help Lightning allows surgeons to collaborate remotely, partnerships can still develop – and more easily than ever before. Help Lightning can be used as a tool for education, mentorship and instruction – as well as for intraoperative case management. It allows both surgical planning and real-time intraoperative advice.

How does it work?

Watch this video to learn how Help Lightning works. This shows use cases in other industries – it’s every bit as useful with surgical applications and can also be used hands-free. All you need to use Help Lightning is your smartphone and an internet connection, though it can also be used with tablets, desktop computers and smart surgical glasses.

Download a beginner’s guide to Help Lightning here: Help Lightning Basic Training

Virtual help in real-time

Help Lightning uses Merged Reality to blend two real-time video streams – e.g. that of a remote surgical expert and another surgeon that needs help – into a collaborative environment. This Merged Reality allows the expert to virtually reach out and direct real surgical procedures or training.

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Use your existing devices

Help Lightning runs on your existing mobile devices (iOS, Android) or a web-browser on laptop and desktop computers.

Surgeons can now provide remote assistance as though they’re working side-by-side. They can telestrate, freeze images, use hand gestures, and even add real objects into the merged reality environment.

Help Lightning Software

Be there instantly

Help Lightning is easy, fast and intuitive.

Once you’re in a merged reality call with a colleague or customer, simply tap the mode to change how you interact. Choose whether you’re giving or receiving help, and start collaborating in seconds. Help Lightning’s unique Merged Reality can add missing visual cues, gestures, and non-verbal communication methods to any session.

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Using Help Lightning with smart surgical glasses

Take Help Lightning to the next level by pairing it with smart glasses. This innovation allows the wearer to benefit from the assistance of AI or a third-party while performing surgery. When used in conjunction with Help Lightning, smart glasses mean that another surgeon can see exactly what you are seeing and what you’re doing – and also have their hands superimposed over your field of view.

There are a number of models available from different manufacturers including VUZIX, Zebra, and RealWear.

The Advantage of Remote Expertise

Studies show that adding gestures and nonverbal clues substantially improves the speed of understanding. Furthermore, nonverbal cues are 430% more effective than verbal cues and nonverbal cues make Help Lightning’s combination of verbal and nonverbal communication up to 10 times more effective.

Sources: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, British Journal of Clinical Psychology

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Aminu Umar

Aminu Umar

General Surgeon

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital , Bauchi, Nigeria


Location information


Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Hospital Road off Yandoka Rd, 740101 Bauchi Bauchi 234 Nigeria

Hospital type


Hospital description

Third-Level Hospital (Referral)

This is a teaching hospital


The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) Bauchi is a Federal Teaching Hospital located inthe North-easternpart of Nigeria. It serves not only the over 6million population of its host state, but also those of the adjourning Borno, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe States.
The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) is a University Teaching Hospital affiliated to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) also in Bauchi. It is a centre committed to providing Healthcare service delivery with responsiveness, well motivated workforce through continuous manpower development research and training towards improving wellbeing of humanity.
The paediatric surgery unit of the department of Surgery (the only one in the entire state) provides specialist surgical care to the children of Bauchi State and the adjourning parts of the neighboring states (with a combined population approaching 20 million).

Member information


Aminu Umar

Member type

Individual independent practitioner


General Surgeon


  • Paediatric

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Hausa

Professional affiliations / memberships

  • Other

Other membership organisations

Associated of Paediatric Surgeons of Nigeria (APSON)

Conditions treated

  • Gastrointestinal
  • Bowel Obstruction (parasitic, adhesive, mass)
  • Benign polyps
  • Malignant disease– colon, rectal, anal, carcinoids
  • Appendicitis
  • Anal disease: Hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae, prolapse
  • Incontinence
  • Stomas – colostomies / ileostomies
  • GI bleeds
  • Endocrine
  • Thyroid/parathyroid
  • Adrenal
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Liver disease benign
  • Pancreatic pseudocyst
  • Paediatric
  • Tracheo-esophageal fistula
  • Newborn intestinal atresias
  • Ano-rectal malformations
  • Hirschsprung’s Disease
  • Tumors (Wilms’, neuroblastoma, hepatoblastoma)
  • Abdominal wall defects (gastroschisis, omphalocoele)
  • Biliary atresia/choledochal cysts
  • Congenital pulmonary airway malformations
  • Vascular anomalies
  • Trauma and Critical Care
  • Ventilator management
  • Total parenteral nutrition management
  • Ability to do the following procedures
  • Frozen section pathology
  • Calretinin testing

Equipment used

  • Minimally invasive surgery (MIS)
  • Harmonic scalpel
  • Wound protectors
  • Straight stapling devices
  • End-to-end anastomosis (EEA) circular stapler
  • Vacuum assisted closure device
  • Temporary abdominal wound closure
  • Synthetic or biologic patches/mesh
  • Balloon catheters
  • Gastroschisis springloaded silos
  • Stimulator for anorectal malformation (ARM) procedures
  • CT
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST)
  • Central venous catheters
  • Mechanical ventilators
  • Total parental nutrition (TPN)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
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