By Daily Mail Reporter
Published: 01:19 BST, 2 October 2020 | Updated: 01:20 BST, 2 October 2020
Heart surgeons have carried out a UK-first operation using 'camera glasses' which allow specialists to watch on remotely from anywhere in the world and offer support.
The glasses were used during the fitting of a pacemaker to heart failure patient John Constable, 65, at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.
Images of the operation were sent to the technicians behind the highly sophisticated implant, allowing them to give instant technical advice from their laptops.
Heart surgeons have carried out a UK-first operation using 'camera glasses' (pictured) which allow specialists to watch on remotely from anywhere in the world and offer support
Surgeons say remote assistance is becoming increasingly important given the restrictions on numbers allowed in operating theatres due to coronavirus measures.
Alaina Yardley, lead cardiac physiologist at Royal Papworth, said: 'The medical technology we use to treat heart failure and arrhythmias is increasingly sophisticated, using complex algorithms that need specialist programming to match the patient's symptoms.
'Traditionally we would wait for a technical expert to attend procedures, but Covid-19 has forced us to find new