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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Yohannes Shugie, MD ,Orthopaedic Surgeon

Yohannes Shugie, MD ,Orthopaedic Surgeon

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Jimma University Medical Center, Jimma, Ethiopia


Location information

Hospital address

Jimma University Medical Center MVJ4+R95 Jimma Ethiopia 378 Ethiopia

Hospital type

University-affiliated Public

Hospital description

Third-Level Hospital (Referral)

Hospital website

This is a teaching hospital


I am Dr. Yohannes Shugie, and I work as an orthopaedic surgeon at Jimma University Medical Center. My hospital is found in southwest part of Ethiopia, which is about 350km away from Addis Ababa (capital) and its the only hospital for more than 20 million people in this catchment area. I have totally 18 residents under my department of different academic year and also working on medical researches.

Member information


Yohannes Shugie

Member type

Individual trainee


Orthopaedic Surgeon


  • Paediatrics
  • Shoulder and elbow
  • Knee
  • Trauma
  • Upper limb
  • Pelvis
  • Hip and knee
  • Foot and ankle
  • Spine
  • Blast/ballistic injury

Languages spoken

  • Amharic
  • Oromo
  • English

Professional affiliations / memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Other

Other membership organisations

AO Alliance, AO PEER

Social profiles

Current and past partnerships

Has current partners or past partnership experience in these countries

  • Switzerland

Our department have been supported by GO-Star Foundation since 2005. Go-Star foundation head quarter is located in Switzerland and its non governmental organization.

Conditions treated

  • Paediatrics
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Adult
  • Benign tumours
  • Malignant tumours
  • Hand – Tendon and nerve injury
  • Shoulder and elbow – Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder and elbow – Epicondylitis
  • Hip – Osteoarthritis
  • Hip – Infection (including of THR)
  • Hip – Inflammatory and metabolic hip disorders
  • Knee – Cartilage/meniscal injuries
  • Knee – Ligament injuries
  • Knee – Osteoarthritis
  • Foot and ankle – Osteoarthritis
  • Foot and ankle – Ligament/tendon disorders
  • Foot and ankle – Diabetes
  • Trauma
  • Hand fractures
  • Upper limb fractures
  • Upper limb soft tissue and nerve injury
  • Pelvis fractures
  • Hip fractures and dislocations
  • Knee fractures
  • Knee soft tissue injuries (including ligament injuries)
  • Foot and ankle fractures and dislocations
  • Spine fractures
  • Blast/ballistic injury

Equipment used

  • Arthroscope
  • Osteotomes/saws etc
  • Power saw
  • Plates and screws
  • External fixators
  • Hemiarthroplasties
  • Bone graft (autograft/allograft/other)
  • Tourniquet
  • Traction
  • Plaster casting
  • X-ray/image intensifier
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