Step in the operating room, wherever you are in the world

Story highlights

  • A virtual reality surgery took place last week at the Royal London Hospital
  • Nearly 55,000 people tuned in worldwide to watch the surgeon conduct the procedure, which lasted two hours and 40 minutes.

(CNN)All you need is a headset and smartphone to enter a virtual world of gaming, movies, travel -- and now surgery. Health care company Medical Realities is using virtual reality to transport people directly into an operating room to watch surgeons as they operate.

The first surgery of this kind took place last week at the Royal London Hospital, when Dr. Shafi Ahmed gave global access to his operating theater as he removed cancerous cells from a 70-year-old British man with colon cancer.
    "People can see how the whole theater works," said Ahmed, a consultant