Remote expertise through the power of merged reality

Access to this ground-breaking technology is included at no cost with your 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.

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.

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.

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

Arijit Chakraborty, MBBS, DrNB Neurosurgery

Arijit Chakraborty, MBBS, DrNB Neurosurgery


Manipal Hospital, BANGALORE, India


Location information

Hospital address

Manipal Hospital Old airport road Rustambagh Opposite Leela palace BANGALORE KARNATAKA 560017 India

Hospital type


Hospital description

Third-Level Hospital (Referral)

Hospital website

This is a teaching hospital


I am Dr Arijit Chakraborty, currently in PGY6 year of Neurosurgery Residency, from the Manipal Hospital Bangalore.
It’s an opportunity for me to do the residency from this prestigious institution, experiencing academically & clinically sound training.
The act of observing, assisting or performing the surgery is a real charm.

However, I am particularly interested in Paediatric neurosurgery, neurosurgical oncology & spine surgery. I think Pediatric neurosurgery is a great possibility for a kid considering a long beautiful life ahead. Oncology is another spectrum with great possibilities. And spine, of course is something that most of the patients need in quality care, and with time in minimally invasive manner.

I also love to correlate medicine with the reality of life in various forms. The same I have mentioned in my book “What is The Demand of Time?” - my first book of course.

My hobby: Well, I love Photography & into it for many years. Particularly- Landscape/Nature/Street photography. And, honestly speaking this has given me a vision that’s very helpful in neurosurgery.

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Arijit Chakraborty

Member type

Individual trainee




  • Neurosurgeon with paediatric interest
  • Adult neurosurgeon

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Bengali

Professional affiliations / memberships

  • ISPN
  • EANS
  • AANS
  • Other

Other membership organisations


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Conditions treated

  • Hydrocephalus
  • Neurotrauma
  • Neurovascular
  • Spine
  • Tumor
  • Skull Base

Equipment used

  • Drill
  • Microinstruments
  • Microscope
  • Neuroendoscope Rigid
  • Frameless navigation
  • Spinal instrumentation
  • MRI
  • Angiography
  • CT
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