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.

Join InterSurgeon today

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.

Help Lightning

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.

Help Lightning
Help Lightning

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

Join InterSurgeon today and use Help Lightning for free

Join InterSurgeon




Muhimbili National Hospital/Mloganzila, DAR ES SALAAM, United Republic of Tanzania


Location information

Hospital address

Muhimbili National Hospital/Mloganzila BOX 65000 DAR ES SALAAM TANZANIA 255 United Republic of Tanzania

Hospital type


Hospital description

National Specialist Hospital

This is a teaching hospital


I am neurosurgeon working at Muhimbili National Hospital/Mloganzila which is also a teaching hospitals for Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).
I did my MD degree at the University of Dar Es Salaam and subsequently joined my first residency at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center under Kilimanjaro Christian Medical college (KCMCo) where I was awarded MMED in General Surgery before joining Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences ( MUHAS) under Muhimbili Orthopedics Institute (MOI) where I did my second residency in neurosurgery and awarded MSc degree in Neurosurgery. I also attended a fellowship program in cerebrovascular surgery at Yonsei University, South Korea. I also registered with the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) as a fellowship candidate and passed my exams and became a Fellow.

In Tanzania we have limited number of practicing Neurosurgeons, currently there are 14 neurosurgeons in a country of population nearly 55 Million people. This has been a challenge for all countries in sub Saharan Africa.

Our department is a new neurosurgical department working closely with neurosurgery department at Muhimbili Orthopedics Institute situated in Dar es SALAAM. We are three neurosurgeons currently but we are very determined to build capacity in all aspects of neurosurgery in the near future.

Due to different challenges we face in offering services we seek collaborations, partnerships and assistance from other centers in the world and share our experiences and learn from others.
We are also open for collaboration in continued education and research activities.

Member information



Member type

Individual independent practitioner




  • Adult neurosurgeon

Languages spoken

  • English

Professional affiliations / memberships

  • WFNS

Conditions treated

  • Hydrocephalus
  • Trauma
  • Spine
  • Spinal dysraphism
  • Tumor
  • Peripheral Nerve
  • Skull Base

Equipment used

  • Drill
  • Microinstruments
  • Microscope
  • Neuroendoscope Flexible
  • Neuroendoscope Rigid
  • Spinal instrumentation
  • MRI
  • Angiography
  • CT