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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Nebiyou SB, MD,MPH

Nebiyou SB, MD,MPH

General Surgeon

Jimma university medical center, Jimma , Ethiopia


Location information

Hospital address

Jimma university medical center jimma university street Jimma Oromia 378 Ethiopia

Hospital type

University-affiliated Public

Hospital description

Third-Level Hospital (Referral)

Hospital website

This is a teaching hospital


I am a general surgeon and epidemiologist practicing medicine at one of the nation's top hospital in Ethiopia. Along with, I teach and supervise medical students in clinical year and surgical residents. I also participate in research work both locally and on some global projects.
I am ambitious, motivated and energetic young surgeon always strive to give the best I have to my patients and clients. I am interested in minimally invasive surgery, global surgery, plastic surgery, surgical research and global health to mention a few. The communication skill and social bonding with my patients gave me enormous experience on how to approach and treat people undergoing in frustration.
Likewise, I am always positive, futurist and hopeful that we can combat the major problems we have today.
I am looking for fellowships, workshops, seminars and conferences to build up my capacity in research skills and professionalism.

Member information


Nebiyou Bayleyegn

Member type

Clinical department with teaching programme


General Surgeon


  • Include general surgery members that have not selected a subspecialty

Languages spoken

  • Amharic
  • English

Professional affiliations / memberships

  • Other

Other membership organisations

Ethiopian Medical Association(EMA), Surgical society of Ethiopia

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Conditions treated

  • Breast
  • Benign breast disease
  • Malignant breast disease
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Breast infections
  • Burns
  • Acute burn care
  • Post-burn reconstruction
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Volvulus
  • Bowel Obstruction (parasitic, adhesive, mass)
  • Benign polyps
  • Malignant disease– colon, rectal, anal, carcinoids
  • Diverticular disease
  • Appendicitis
  • Anal disease: Hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae, prolapse
  • Stomas – colostomies / ileostomies
  • GI bleeds
  • Endocrine
  • Thyroid/parathyroid
  • Parotid
  • Pancreas
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Liver disease benign
  • Liver tumors malignant
  • Cholelithiasis/choledocholithiasis
  • Pancreatic tumors benign
  • Pancreatic tumors malignant
  • Pancreatic pseudocyst
  • Paediatric
  • Hirschsprung’s Disease
  • Tumors (Wilms’, neuroblastoma, hepatoblastoma)
  • Head and neck anomalies
  • Abdominal wall defects (gastroschisis, omphalocoele)
  • Vascular anomalies
  • Trauma and Critical Care
  • Ventilator management
  • Pressor management
  • Ability to do the following procedures
  • Frozen section pathology

Equipment used

  • Minimally invasive surgery (MIS)
  • Synthetic or biologic patches/mesh
  • Dermatome
  • Stimulator for anorectal malformation (ARM) procedures
  • Ultrasound
  • Central venous catheters
  • Total parental nutrition (TPN)
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