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.

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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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Theo Wiggers, MD, PhD

Theo Wiggers, MD, PhD

General Surgeon

Amsterdam, Netherlands



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Location address

Amsterdam Noord Holland Netherlands


I started my professional career as a medical doctor in Tanzania. After his residency in surgery I specialized in surgical oncology and worked for 16 years in the Daniel den Hoed Cancer Center (DDHCC) in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) as the Head of the Department of Surgical Oncology. In June 2000, I continued my professional career as a Professor in Surgical Oncology and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. From January 1st 2011 I retired form clinical practice.
I co-founded the company INCISION ( ) in 2014. The goal of this company is to provide modern teaching and training material (including low cost models) for residents and surgeons worldwide. Courses with an inguinal hernia model have been given in Ghana and Kenya.
I hope to find connections in the further development of low cost models for surgical training with a focus on Low and Middle Income countries.

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Theo Wiggers

Member type

Commercial organisation with a social enterprise model


General Surgeon


  • Colorectal
  • Endocrine
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Surgical oncology

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Swahili

Professional affiliations / memberships

  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)
  • Other

Other membership organisations

European Society Surgical Oncology, Society Surgical Oncology

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Conditions treated

  • Gastrointestinal
  • Volvulus
  • Bowel Obstruction (parasitic, adhesive, mass)
  • Malignant disease– colon, rectal, anal, carcinoids
  • Diverticular disease
  • Appendicitis
  • Stomas – colostomies / ileostomies
  • Endocrine
  • Thyroid/parathyroid

Equipment used

  • End-to-end anastomosis (EEA) circular stapler
  • Synthetic or biologic patches/mesh
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