WATCH: Doctors Stream Knee Surgery Through Google Glass

Point-of-view surgery is shown via Google GlassCOLUMBUS, Ohio — A surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the first in the United States to consult with a distant colleague using live, point-of-view video from the operating room via Google Glass, a head-mounted computer and camera device. "It's a privilege to be a part of this project as we explore how this exciting new technology might be incorporated into the everyday care of our patients," said Dr. Christopher Kaeding, the physician who performed the surgery and director of sports medicine at Ohio State. "To be honest, once we got into the surgery, I often forgot the device was there. It just seemed very intuitive and fit seamlessly." Google Glass has a frame similar to traditional glasses, but instead of lenses, there is a small glass block that sits above the right eye. On that glass is a computer screen that, with a simple voice command, allows users to pull up information as they would on any other computer. Attached to the front of the device is a camera that offers a point-of-view image and the ability to take both photos and videos while the device is worn. Visit The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: Subscribe to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center YouTube channel: Like The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on Facebook: Follow The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on Twitter: Follow The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on Instagram: Connect with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on LinkedIn:

Dr. Christopher Kaeding of the Ohio State University Medical center has become a part of a landmark moment. On August 21, utilizing streaming functions on Google’s wearable computer Google Glass, Kaeding transmitted a routine ACL surgery to his students miles away.


Dr. Christopher Kaeding MD is the sports medicine director at Ohio State University

Issuing the command “Okay, Glass. Operate,” Kaeding began the procedure using the front mounted camera to show his students miles away the proper protocols for handling operations like this. As the surgery was under way, Kaeding consulted with his colleague Dr. Robert Magnussen who was monitoring this experiment from his laptop simultaneously with Kaeding’s students.


Google Hangouts allowed multiple parties to view the streaming video

He expressed how comfortable he was with Google Glass. The role it played in the surgery emphasizes some important uses it could have once Google Glass hits the market. Voice commands and video apps would enable these glasses to help doctors quickly view X-rays, pathology reports and other reference materials.

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Kaeding was able to acquire the computer through the Google Glass Explorer program. Google Glass is predicted to arrive in stores in 2014.