Clinical practice guidelines for telesurgery 2022: Committee for the promotion of remote surgery implementation, Japan Surgical Society

Masaki Mori, Satoshi Hirano, Kenichi Hakamada, Eiji Oki, Shigeo Urushidani, Ichiro Uyama, Masatoshi Eto, Yuma Ebihara, Kenji Kawashima, Takahiro Kanno, Masaru Kitsuregawa, Yusuke Kinugasa, Junjiro Kobayashi, Hiroshige Nakamura, Hirokazu Noshiro, Masaki Mandai, Hajime Morohashi

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Abstract

Telesurgery is expected to improve medical access in areas with limited resources, facilitate the rapid dissemination of new surgical procedures, and advance surgical education. While previously hindered by communication delays and costs, recent advancements in information technology and the emergence of new surgical robots have created an environment conducive to societal implementation. In Japan, the legal framework established in 2019 allows for remote surgical support under the supervision of an actual surgeon. The Japan Surgical Society led a collaborative effort, involving various stakeholders, to conduct social verification experiments using telesurgery, resulting in the development of a Japanese version of the “Telesurgery Guidelines” in June 2022. These guidelines outline requirements for medical teams, communication environments, robotic systems, and security measures for communication lines, as well as responsibility allocation, cost burden, and the handling of adverse events during telesurgery. In addition, they address telementoring and full telesurgery. The guidelines are expected to be revised as needed, based on the utilization of telesurgery, advancements in surgical robots, and improvements in information technology.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSurgery Today
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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