As a live audience watched in India, Orthopaedic Consultant Professor Len Funk and his team undertook two shoulder procedures at HCA The Wilmslow Hospital.
Professor Len Funk, who specialises in shoulder surgery at The Arm Clinic based at The Wilmslow Hospital, was streamed live performing an arthroscopic stabilisation and micro-fracture on one patient, and an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair on another patient, to the ISKAA Global Summit 2016 in New Delhi, India. It's the largest orthopaedic speciality event in the country with more than 2,000 participants.
At the same time, Mr Puneet Monga, Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon, at the Arm clinic based at HCA The Wilmslow Hospital, was over in Delhi presenting at this conference. Mr Monga also managed the interactive session where audience members were able to ask Professor Funk questions while he was operating in theatre.
Professor Funk said: "It was a great opportunity to showcase our technology and share our expertise and knowledge with peers across the world.
"As far we're aware, this is the first time that a hospital in the UK has broadcast an operation in real time to a conference in another country and it was a great success. I would like to thank everyone at The Wilmslow Hospital, and HCA Healthcare, for making it happen and I look forward to taking part in more live surgery here as it's a really important educational platform."
Mr Monga added: "This marks the beginning of a new era of live surgical teaching.
"The delegates attending the meeting were not only able to view live surgery but also interact in real time with Prof Funk. The feedback from the orthopaedic community at the event was fantastic. This event represents a giant step forwards in bringing the international surgical community closer."