The world’s first plastic surgery procedure performed using Google Glass has shown promising use of the eye-wearable device in plastic surgery. Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery – with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation and patient safety. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
“Google Glass is an exciting technology, attracting global interest from multiple industries, professions and individuals,” said surgeon Lorne K Rosenfield from the Stanford University. Rosenfield performed the first plastic surgery procedure with Glass – an eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) performed in combination with a facelift procedure. Also Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
This experience illustrated some challenges for future refinement, including the limited resolution of the video camera, technical difficulties in streaming and the need for the surgeon to keep the head in a fixed position. Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before
In subsequent procedures, Rosenfield fashioned a head-mounted extra-wide LED light to improve clarity for video viewers as well as for the surgeon. The ability to demonstrate surgical procedures, live or recorded, has obvious applications for training in plastic surgery and other disciplines.
According to Rosenfield, the recordings also have unique value for self-evaluation by the surgeon. In the future, Google Glass technology many enable surgeons to receive remote consultations and even “virtual assistance” during actual procedures.
Glass may also be useful in providing rapid access to medical documentation – for example, doctors could call up and view necessary medical records, imaging studies, or checklists. This might even reduce the spread of infection from handling pens and paper, computers and other sources.
Although Glass is not currently available to the public, the technology is still being developed in several markets, including healthcare.