HOUSTON, TX – Social media has changed the way we look at the world in so many ways and what we’re able to look at too.
Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital offered a unique view for their Twitter followers this morning. One that gave them a front-row seat, live look at a knee operation that’s usually performed on athletes. The hospital’s play-by-play coverage did to surgery what ESPN does for sports!
Orthopedic Surgeon Walt Lowe performed an ACL repair surgery for a 19-year-old female athlete, and the whole procedure was posted live for the whole world to gawk at. From the prepping of the patient, to the wheeling out of the OR and into recovery.
Along the way, experts in treatment and rehabilitation were on-hand to live chat and answer question about the surgery. The surgery started at 7:30 am and the last tweet was sent out at 10 am, but this wasn’t the first time Twitter followers have gotten a peek inside an operating room.
Earlier in the year, folks were treated (or traumatized) by a C-section broadcast, in what was called twitters first live surgical birth. And last year, we got an up-close look at a live brain operation.
Of course, the purpose of these peeks inside a working OR is to inform and educate the public. That’s a lot of knowledge available and all for 140 characters or less.