Archive May 2019 XX, No. 5

Ideas That Work: Live Streaming Surgery

A Live Look in the OR.

LIVE CUTS OrthoCarolina broadcasts a hand surgery live on its Facebook page, giving viewers an inside look into how it's done.

Earlier this year, we performed a trigger finger and carpal tunnel surgery live on our Facebook page. The idea stemmed from a simple goal: We wanted to give our patients a behind-the-curtains look at a very common surgery and hopefully help others gain confidence that they can get the help they need, too.

Hand surgeon Christopher Chadderdon, MD, and I provided commentary during the 35-minute procedure at Mallard Creek Surgery Center. The video ( received more than 9,500 views, and we received so much good feedback that we posted a second live video a couple weeks later to answer more viewer questions.

We know the idea of surgery can make people feel nervous or uneasy, but sometimes it helps to give patients an inside look at what you can expect in the OR. The video had a lot of benefits, providing the public with education and reassurance that surgery doesn't have to be so intimidating after all.

Dana Cumberworth, PA-C
Charlotte, N.C.

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