Chinese doctors have successfully performed the world’s first remote brain surgery with the help of 5G technology. This surgery has performed in the Chinese PLA General Hospital (PLAGH) on a patient who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The patient was near about 3,000 km away (Beijing) from the PLA General Hospital.
The communication for the remote procedure done through the camera systems and remotely operated equipment which was facilitated by Huawei %G technology and China Mobile.
The surgery was started at 9 AM last Saturday and involved various operating surgical instruments in Beijing along with micro-precision through a computer connected to the 5G network.
The DBS implant was successfully located in the optimal target site. After the surgery, the patient has reported that, “I feel good”.
Parkinson’s disease is basically a neurodegenerative disorder which results in a loss of control due to the reduction of dopaminergic neurons in the brain.
Symptoms of this disease include slow movement, depression, weakened gait alongside anxiety, and stiffness in muscles, mood swings, slurred speech, sleep disorders, and constipation. This disease affects about 6.1 million individuals across the globe and is the subject of high research in neurology.
Still there is no cure for such disease, but the symptoms can be managed to improve the quality of patient’s life.
Though this is the world’s first remote brain surgery performed with a 5G technology, this is not the first time that 5G network was implemented in remote operation. In January 2019, doctors from the Fujian Medical University has successfully performed the remote hepatic lobectomy on animals located 50km away at Chinese Southeast Research Institute.
The implementation of 5G technology for surgery shows how telecommunication can aid in performing traditional workflows on patients who are placed in remote locations.