Telepresence and telementoring in surgery

Rifat Latifi, Kim Peck, Richard Satava, Mehran Anvari

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

28 Scopus citations


Telesurgical mentoring has evolved as an important subset of telemedicine, yet has remained an underutilized technique when all its potential is considered. As applied to surgery, telementoring is used when an experienced surgeon assists or directs another less experienced surgeon who is operating at a distance. Two- and three-dimensional, video-based laparoscopic procedures are an ideal platform for real-time transmission and thus for applying telementoring to surgery. The images viewed by the operating surgeon can easily be transmitted to a central 'telesurgical mentor' and permit an intraoperative interaction. Several studies have demonstrated the practicality, effectiveness and safety of surgical telementoring. The goal of this application of telemedicine is to improve surgical education and training, expand patient care and improve health care delivery by allowing access to surgical specialists. Eventually, surgical telementoring could assist in the provision of surgical care to underserved areas and potentially facilitate the teaching of advanced surgical skills worldwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEstablishing Telemedicine in Developing Countries
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Inception to Implementation
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)1586034235, 9781586034238
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event1st Intensive Balkan Telemedicine Seminar: From Inception to Implementation: The Future has Just Begun - Prishtina, Kosova, Serbia
Duration: Oct 25 2002Oct 27 2002

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other1st Intensive Balkan Telemedicine Seminar: From Inception to Implementation: The Future has Just Begun
CityPrishtina, Kosova

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


Dive into the research topics of 'Telepresence and telementoring in surgery'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this