17 December 2012
Spire Bushey Hospital conducted the UK's first live tweet from surgery on Saturday 15 December.
The tweet followed lead consultant bariatric surgeon Mr Pratik Sufi undertaking a gastric bypass operation, via the hashtag #liveatbushey.
The procedure started around 8.15am and each step was tweeted until the patient was transferred to the recovery room about two and a half hours later.
Spire Bushey Hospital’s ‘tweeter’ was in the operating theatre next to Mr Sufi’s support staff, who gave clinical insight and clarification as the procedure was conducted, and ensured Mr Sufi was able to concentrate solely on the operation. Educational opportunity The patient decided to take part in the live tweet as they believed it would provide an educational opportunity for the public and help people understand the details of the surgery. They fully consented to the procedure but chose to remain anonymous.
The procedure went as planned and Mr Sufi is confident the patient will make a full and fast recovery.
Mr Sufi comments: “At Spire Bushey Hospital we understand that weight loss surgery can be an enormous step for anyone who is considering it. Any surgery is serious and comes with associated risks however; I know more people are considering weight loss surgery having tried so many other routes to lose weight first.
“We hope that by engaging with people through social media we have provided a service that not only gives detailed information of what happens as it happens, but it has demonstrated the skill and support of the multidisciplinary team that is here to help our patients.”
To view the tweets from the procedure read our Bushey Blog or follow Spire Bushey Hospital on Twitter @SpireBushey.