Modern knee surgeons are feeling progressively more at home with multi-media education.

The ESSKA Academy have embraced multi-media education and are creating an archive of educational material by surgeons and for surgeons. ESSKA - the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy - and their Academy is is a professional society that represents Europe in the fields of degenerative joint disease and sports medicine, and their Academy helps members to keep completely up-to-date.

Modern knee surgeons are feeling progressively more at home with visual education - tele-conferencing, tele-education and online forums.

However, the creation of high quality educational material takes time, patience and expertise.


Here are some of the things that I have learned about preparing educational surgical videos during hands-on demonstrations:

  • The surgeon should use a head-mounted camera system, which will focus on the fingers via a finger-tracking mechanism. This can produce high definition video, ideal for surgical training.
  • With an appropriate head-mounted 3D camera, live surgery can be recorded stereoscopically and broadcast live over the internet.
  • To avoid distraction, the use of eye-wear is also recommended, or Google Glass can add a further element by recording conversations between the operation team.
  • Then you need a good narrative, and some of the operating room background noise, to create ambience.