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Cutting edge this: surgeons tweet, operate

social media Updated: Feb 24, 2012 15:36 IST
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In this tech-driven world, live telecasts and web telecasts have become the norm, but a live twittercast is taking live coverage a step ahead. In a rare case of social media and medicine joining hands, a US hospital live tweeted an open heart surgery with regular Twitter updates, photos, videos and interaction with followers.

"On Tuesday, Dr Michael Macris performed a double-coronary artery bypass on a 57-year-old patient. Dr Macris' colleague, Dr Paresh Patel, provided 140-character updates throughout the procedure and answered questions submitted by followers of the hospital's @houstonhospital Twitter account," Mashable reported.

Dr Patel tweeted graphic medical procedures and explained the crucial methodology involved in the surgery at the Houston's Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital.

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Some of the tweets said, "Dr Macris is placing a hole in the aorta for the proximal end of the saphenous vein #mhopenheart" and "Dr Macris has located the other diseased vessel and is sewing end of the saphenous vein to it - beyond the diseased area."

If you missed the Twitter cast, the hospital also posted a Storify link.

The live tweet is supposed to be an innovative educational exercise as Dr Patel, tweeted, "an educational look into a common double bypass #surgery."





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