A patient suffering from Parkinson’s disease in China has just received the country’s first 5G Network-based remote surgery.
The operation successfully performed by Dr Ling Zhipei, implanted a deep brain stimulation (DBS) device in the patient’s brain to help control their Parkinson’s symptoms.
Dr Ling started the operation at 9am, controlling surgical equipment 3,000 kilometers away in Beijing. Thanks to the precision of using a computer on a 5G network, the three-hour surgery was completed with extreme precision.
After the operation, the surgeon said that he felt good:
“I take turns working in Beijing and Hainan, and the operation took place during my Hainan rotation. A patient with Parkinson’s in Beijing needed surgery and couldn’t fly to Hainan.
The 5G network has solved problems like video lag and remote control delay experienced under the 4G network, ensuring a nearly real-time operation. And you barely feel that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away.”
Thanks to this major breakthrough, surgeons will be able to operate remotely even if they’re miles away from the patient. Ling added that it could mean high-level doctors are able to complete operations that doctors at local hospitals are unable to perform.
With 5G expected to be rolled out across many countries later this year, we could be seeing similar uses of the technology soon.
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