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A first for Northwick Park, surgeons use augmented reality glasses in surgery

In some incredible news, surgeons at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow have used high tech glasses to operate on a cancer patient it has been revealed. 

The glasses, called HoloLens2, were used for the first time with the aid of augmented reality at Northwick Park

HoloLens2 allowed the team, led Mr Abdul Ahmed, to ‘see through’ the patient’s skin by superimposing preoperative scans onto the patient and study the underlying anatomy without making an incision.

A first for Northwick Park, surgeons use augmented reality glasses in surgery Harrow Online
The technology slows surgeons to ‘see through’ limbs. Credit: London North West University Healthcare

A pre-planned surgical model was downloaded into the wearer’s headset and then moved using hand gestures and voice commands so the virtual holographic leg was aligned with the bony anatomical landmarks and skin of the patient.

Chef Linda Malik, 64, who was the first patient to undergo the new approach, said: It is the first time I’ve ever had surgery let alone understand what HoloLens are. Mr Ahmed promised I wouldn’t miss my cruise holiday so I put my trust in him and the team.”

The mother of three was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw after the hospital discovered a troublesome tooth hide a more serious issue.

Linda underwent a 12hour procedure that involved two surgical teams working in tandem.

One team removed the neck glands, diseased jawbone and preparing for the new implant while the second harvested bone from the lower leg which was sculpted into a replacement jaw along with an attached vein and artery.

The final stage was to reconnect the blood supply to the reconstructed jaw, plumbing in the vein and artery to provide a continuous flow of blood to and from the jaw.

The HoloLens, which was developed by Microsoft and powered by Medical iSight software, has a number of possibilities as well as enhancing the planning and precision needed in reconstructive surgery and improving sterility in theatre.

These includes surgical training, simplifying procedures and future developments in 3D telemedicine support.

Linda, a mother of three who lives in Hillingdon, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing my kids and four grandchildren. I’m just relieved the procedure went well and want to thank everyone at the hospital.”