Dr. Palanivelu and his team performed the surgeries and explained to the participants at the conference some tough surgeries that the hospital had been doing regularly. The teleconferencing method facilitated an interaction between the surgeon and the conference delegates. Gem Hospital was one of the three centres in the world that took part in the teleconference with the university. It was the only one from Asia, he said. The other centres were in Europe and the U.S.
Dr. Palanivelu performed laparoscopic surgeries for the cancer of the oesophagus (food pipe) and liver and splenectomy for blood disorder in a child. He said that with advances in telecommunication facilities, a surgeon could now demonstrate such complex surgeries form his own hospital and teach these to others across the world through teleconferencing.
Terms such as ‘tele-proctoring’ and ‘tele-mentoring’ have been coined by surgeons in recent years to denote such ‘remote teaching’ exercises, he said. Dr. Palanivelu said it was important that more surgeons took to laparoscopic procedures to treat complex problems as the minimally invasive method was of immense benefit to patients.