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J&J Institute’s advanced technology removes COVID barriers to surgical training

Health Industry Hub | October 15, 2021 |
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MedTech News: New technology, used for the first time in Australian bariatric surgery, allows surgeons to overcome obstacles imposed by COVID-19 lockdowns, training more bariatric surgeons to meet high demand as less than 2% of patients eligible for surgery receive it.

On Sydney’s Northern Beaches, three surgeons have been awaiting training on the latest techniques in bariatric surgery. Their mentor, Associate Professor Nick Williams, a highly experienced bariatric surgeon, is based at Calvary Riverina Hospital in Wagga Wagga, nearly 500 kilometres away. With no room for error, surgical training like this has historically been conducted in person with surgeons travelling intrastate, across country and internationally to perform and oversee live cases. However, state border closures and travel restrictions over the past 18 months have made that near impossible.

Now, a cutting-edge telementoring platform, made possible by the Johnson & Johnson Institute, is enabling highly experienced doctors in any location to attend and give seamless, virtual instruction during a live surgery. For Dr Williams, it is the right technology at the right time.

“Nearly one third of the adult Australian population is classified as obese, yet less than 2% of patients who are eligible for bariatric surgery currently receive it. We have an urgent need to expand the number of surgeons and hospitals providing these life-prolonging procedures, and cannot wait until this pandemic has passed to build those skills,” commented Dr Williams.

“Although telementoring isn’t new, past technologies have not been able to service the need for real-time transmission, which is crucial in surgery. Now, thanks to the technology offered through the Johnson & Johnson Institute, we can carry out highly precise procedural training, over significant distances, with a high degree of confidence.”

The system used today features a high-definition video transmission system, allowing surgeons in the operating theatre and surgeons watching on from a computer, to interact in step-by-step instruction, with virtually no delay.

In a telementoring scenario, the instructor’s voice is heard in the operating theatre and a live video feed allows them to either hand-write their instructions onto the screen, or use augmented reality technology to overlay hand movements or images such as patient scans, that can be seen and replicated by the surgeons in theatre. Each detailed step of a live procedure is done in-sync with the instructor’s guidance.

In today’s use, the Sydney-based surgeons watched on as Dr Williams carried out a sleeve gastrectomy on a live patient. Following an instructional series like this, the three surgeons will be trained and able to offer sleeve gastronomy as a service to patients in their region.

“Enabling teaching hospitals to adopt this kind of medical technology opens up a multitide of possibilities,” said Johnson & Johnson Institute spokesperson, Jennifer Spurgeon. “When used to its full potential, this system can boost the success rate of difficult surgeries, while reducing the burden on medical resources. More importantly, it can be expected to eliminate regional medical disparities and contribute to improved patient outcomes. For a country like Australia, with vast expanses between cities and remote territory, the possibilities are almost endless.” 

Johnson & Johnson Institute looks to expand the use of this technology beyond bariatric surgery into orthopaedics and other areas.


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