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

Tamer El Zalabany. MBBCh, MS, FRCS, FACS

Tamer El Zalabany. MBBCh, MS, FRCS, FACS

General Surgeon

Hurghada, Egypt


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Location address

Hurghada Egypt Egypt


Graduated from Alexandria University in 1996.Holds Diploma in General Surgery and Master Degree in General Surgery from Cairo University, and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow FRCS(Glasg). Started Surgical Training at Derriford University Hospital, Plymouth, United Kingdom 1997, then Joined Kasr Al Ainy School of Medicine (Cairo University) in 2000 for Advanced Surgical Training. Completed Training Year 2002, then Joined Al Salam Mohandeseen Hospital and Nile Badrawi Hospital in Cairo, Egypt. In 2005 moved to Bahrain to Join the International Hospital of Bahrain. 2008 worked in Al Kindi Specialised Hospital, Bahrain. After that was appointed in Bahrain Defence Force Hospital in 2010. Have a keen interest in laparoscopic Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Breast Surgery, Thyroid Surgery and most of General Surgical Procedures. Performed thousands of Surgical procedures and managed hundreds of Trauma patients as a Trauma Team Leader. Trained and supervised tens of Doctors and Trainees in General, Laparoscopic and Trauma Surgery speciality. Published numerous research papers in local and international peer-reviewed journals. Also active in academic teaching and held the position of Clinical Lecturer with the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain from 2011 to 2019. Established HURGHADA SURGERY GROUP January 2020, in Hurghada,Egypt to support Healthcare System in this area of need, to continue the heritage of healing and improving life for its residents, and to improve Surgical Education and Training for Medical Students and Surgeons in this region.

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Tamer El Zalabany

Member type

Individual independent practitioner


General Surgeon


  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Surgical oncology

Languages spoken

  • Arabic
  • English

Professional affiliations / memberships

  • European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO)
  • International Society for Digestive Surgery (ISDS)
  • Other

Other membership organisations

·       Member of the Egyptian Society of Surgery. ·       Member The Egyptian Society of Laparoscopic Surgery. ·       Member of the International Society of Surgery. ·       Member of the International Society of Digestive Surgery. ·       Member of the European Society of Surgery. ·       Member of the European association of Endoscopic Surgery ·       Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. ·       Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. ·       Member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. ·       Member of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders. ·       Member of the World Society of Emergency Surgery. National Delegate of the Society in Bahrain. ·       Fellow of the International Society of University Colon & Rectal Surgeons. ·       Member of the British Hernia Society.

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Conditions treated

  • Breast
  • Benign breast disease
  • Malignant breast disease
  • Breast infections
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Volvulus
  • Bowel Obstruction (parasitic, adhesive, mass)
  • Benign polyps
  • Malignant disease– colon, rectal, anal, carcinoids
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diverticular disease
  • Appendicitis
  • Anal disease: Hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae, prolapse
  • Incontinence
  • Stomas – colostomies / ileostomies
  • GI bleeds
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Cholelithiasis/choledocholithiasis
  • Ability to do the following procedures
  • Frozen section pathology
  • Sentinal lymph node biopsy

Equipment used

  • Minimally invasive surgery (MIS)
  • Single port surgery
  • Harmonic scalpel
  • Other energy sealing devices
  • Wound protectors
  • Straight stapling devices
  • End-to-end anastomosis (EEA) circular stapler
  • Vacuum assisted closure device
  • Temporary abdominal wound closure
  • Synthetic or biologic patches/mesh
  • Dermatome
  • Mesher
  • Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST)
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