First remote surgery in China conducted using 5G technology

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/3/17 16:28:39

China's first remote surgery on a human using 5G technology was successfully conducted on Saturday, a collaboration between top tech company Huawei, China Mobile and the Chinese PLA General Hospital, according to a statement from China Mobile on Saturday. 

Surgeon Ling Zhipei conducted the operation, although he was physically in South China's Hainan Province. He implanted a neurostimulator, or "brain pacemaker" into a patient with Parkinson's disease at the Chinese PLA General Hospital in Beijing by operating medical equipment through transmitted images supported by 5G technologies. The procedure lasted three hours.

The process was made possible with the low-latency 5G technology provided by Huawei and China Mobile, which enabled near instantaneous data transmission. 

"It felt like a real-time operation - I didn't even feel like the patient was 3,000 kilometers away," Ling said after the surgery, according to a statement released by China Mobile. 

According to the statement, the patient's symptoms, including limb tremor and muscular stiffness, were significantly relieved after the procedure. The patient has improved and is in stable condition. 

5G technologies were used successfully in a surgery conducted on a pig at the end of 2018, when a doctor from Beijing 301 Hospital removed part of a pig's liver using two robot arms in Fuzhou, capital of East China's Fujian Province. It was the world's first remote surgery using 5G mobile network technology on an animal. 

Global Times 


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