Recently, orthopedic surgeon Selene G. Parekh experimented with the use of Google Glass during a successful foot and ankle surgery in Jaipr, India. Google Glass, a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display, was developed by Google and has been utilized on an exclusive basis through Google’s Explorer program.
Parekh supervised this surgery while wearing the technology. By doing this, he was able to broadcast live streaming video via the Internet. This technology allows for a hands-free method of recording video without the obtrusion of a video crew and the increased chance of infection from having too many individuals in the operating room. Additionally, it allows the viewers to see exactly what the doctor is seeing and provides a different view of the surgery than was capable in the past.
“This technology opens up a whole new world for surgery. Not only are we able to obtain a different view of the surgery, we are also able to communicate live with fellow surgeons at the same time. Simply amazing technology.” – Dr. Selene G. Parekh
Nextremity Solutions, an orthopedic company that specializes in forefoot surgery, has also recently obtained their own Google Glass and will be experimenting with its uses as well. In addition, Nextremity will work closely with Parekh to ensure that this technology is used in a way that will most benefit surgeons.
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Dr. Parekh on this project. We plan on using this technology in our surgeon training efforts, cadaver labs and more. This technology will allow us to continue advancing the development of our best-in-class products and procedures.” – Rod K. Mayer, President and CEO of Nextremity Solutions, Inc.
Google Glass technology is still in its infancy and software for the wearable computer is still in development. Nextremity Solutions sees the potential for use of Google Glass and will continue to partner with Parekh to develop new and innovative ways to use the technology in forefoot surgery.