Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital to live tweet colon surgery Wednesday
Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital to live tweet colon surgery Wednesday

Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital to live tweet colon surgery Wednesday

Sunnybrook Hospital will be live-tweeting a colon cancer surgery, while Toronto East General Hospital will provide an inside look into a prostate cancer surgery.

The Twitter event will include pictures and video of the surgery as well as educational information about colon cancer.

The surgery – a laparoscopic right hemicolectomy – will be performed by Dr. Shady Ashamalla and his team at 8 a.m.

In layman’s terms, the right side of the sedated patient’s colon will be removed through tiny incisions in order to get rid of cancerous growths.

“Every week, roughly 423 Canadians hear the words ‘You have colorectal cancer,’” the hospital said in a note its website explaining the event. “For these patients, and their friends and families, the diagnosis is just the start. There’s the treatment and recovery, and just getting up to speed on what’s ahead.

“The goal of this live-tweet event is to educate the public on prevention and screening while giving a first-hand view of surgical treatment.”

Last February Sunnybrook became the first hospital in Canada to live tweet a surgery. In a Youtube video, Ashamalla said the hospital is hoping to “tap into that same educational curiosity and energy” with Wednesday’s event.

The hospital is encouraging users to follow along by viewing tweets from @Sunnybrook and using the hashtag #SBcancer.

If you can’t follow along with the surgery live, a recap of the surgery will be posted on the hospital’s website afterward.


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