International surgical telementoring: Our initial experience

Benjamin R. Lee, Jeffrey A. Caddedu, Gunter Janetschek, Peter Schulam, Steven G. Docimo, Robert G. Moore, Alan W. Partin, Louis R. Kavoussi

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Introduction: Telesurgical laparoscopic telementoring has successfully been implemented between the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 27 prior operations. In this previously reported series, telerobotic mentoring was achieved between two institutions 3.5 miles away. We report our experience in performing two international surgical telementoring operations. Purpose: To determine the clinical utility of international surgical telementoring during laparoscopic surgical procedures. Method: A laparoscopic adrenalectomy was telementored between Innsbruck, Austria (5,083 miles) and Baltimore, MD. As well, a laparoscopic varicocelectomy was telementored between Bangkok, Thailand and Baltimore, MD (10,880 miles) both over three ISDN lines (384 kbps) with an approximate 1 sec delay. Results: Both procedures were successfully accomplished with an uneventful postoperative course. Conclusion: International telementoring is a viable method of instructing less experienced laparoscopic surgeons through potentially complex laparoscopic procedures, as well as potentially improving patient access to specialty care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArt, Science, Technology
Subtitle of host publicationHealthcare (R)evolution - Proceedings of Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 6, MMVR 1998
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9051993862, 9789051993868
StatePublished - 1998
Event6th Conferenc on Medicine Meets Virtual Reality, MMVR 1998 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 28 1998Jan 31 1998

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics


Conference6th Conferenc on Medicine Meets Virtual Reality, MMVR 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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