Augmented reality (AR) is defined as “a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.”1 This case report describes how emerging AR telesurgery technologies may be used to facilitate international surgeon–surgeon collaboration and training. Here, we illustrate how a remote surgeon in Beirut, Lebanon, was able to offer assistance to a surgeon in Gaza, Palestine, during a complex hand reconstruction case following a bomb-blast injury in an 18-year-old male. We discuss the implications of AR technology on the future of global surgery and how it may be used to reduce structural inequities in access to safe surgical care.
From the *University College London, Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom; †St. Georges University Medical School, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London, United Kingdom; ‡The Royal Marsden, Chelsea, London, United Kingdom; §Department of Plastic Surgery, Royal Free Hospital, London, United Kingdom; ¶Al-Shifa Hospital, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Gaza City, Gaza; and ‖American University of Beirut Medical Centre, Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon.
Received for publication May 15, 2017; accepted January 16, 2018.
Presented at ESSR, 16th June 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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Max J. Greenfield, BSc (Hons), 69 Hadley Highstone, Barnet, EN5 4QQ, United Kingdom, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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