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Letcher teens to watch live surgery




Teenagers from Letcher County middle schools and high schools have the chance to watch a live surgery being performed at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital.

At 8 a.m. Thursday (June 18) at the Southeast Community and Technical College in Whitesburg, students attending summer health careers camps will view the surgery using telemedicine technology. The Letcher County Summer Scrubs Camp and Letcher County FHLEK students are participants.

“We want to excite young people who wish to pursue health careers by using technology to bring them into the operating room so they can witness a live surgery, and interact with the surgeon during the procedure,” said Rob Sprang, director of UK’s Kentucky TeleCare program.

Dr. Joseph Iocono, assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics, and assistant director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery program, UK College of Medicine, has chosen a case that will demonstrate key aspects of minimally invasive surgery. Iocono, along with Dr. Sean Skinner, assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics, will perform a diagnostic thoracoscopy in a teenager with a mass in the chest. This type of “keyhole” surgery now accounts for a significant percentage of all operations.


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