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

Mark Myerson, MD

Mark Myerson, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, United States of America

Retired

User

Location information

Hospital address

Mercy Medical Center 345 St. Paul Place Baltimore MD 21202>¿ United States of America

Hospital type

Private

Hospital description

Third-Level Hospital (Referral)

This is a teaching hospital

Description

Mark Myerson is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He is the Medical Director of Steps2Walk, a humanitarian organization which coordinates the treatment of individuals with crippling foot and ankle deformities in underserved regions of the world whilst simultaneously educating the regional orthopedic surgeons in the management of these complex problems. Dr. Myerson is the foremost internationally recognized leader in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, and is Past President of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS). He has been named a pioneer in orthopedic surgery by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). He is a consultant to the orthopedic industry, an honorary member of many international orthopedic societies and plays an active role in defining national standards for orthopedic foot and ankle practice. Dr. Myerson has authored more than 350 research publications as well as six textbooks covering various treatments of foot and ankle conditions. He is a frequently invited guest speaker, giving professional talks around the world as consultant and educator. He has trained hundreds of orthopedic surgeons both in the United States and abroad, and education continues to be integral to the vitality and function of his vision and mission. Dr. Myerson has developed numerous procedures for treating various foot and ankle injuries and deformities and his contributions to the field of orthopedic surgery have revolutionized the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of foot and ankle disorders. Although Dr. Myerson has continued with clinical medicine, academic work, research, consulting and teaching, humanitarian activities and growing a global presence through Steps2Walk is his current primary focus.

Member information

Name

Mark Myerson

Member type

Individual independent practitioner

Specialty

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Subspecialties

  • Foot and ankle
  • Foot and ankle

Languages spoken

  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Professional affiliations / memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Social profiles

Conditions treated

  • Paediatrics
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Meningomyelocoel
  • Congenital disorders
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip/Perthes/talipes equinovarus
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Adult
  • Benign tumours
  • Foot and ankle – Osteoarthritis
  • Foot and ankle – Ligament/tendon disorders
  • Foot and ankle – Diabetes
  • Foot and ankle – Forefoot disorders
  • Trauma
  • Foot and ankle fractures and dislocations

Equipment used

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