Remote expertise through the power of merged reality

Access to this ground-breaking technology is included at no cost with your InterSurgeon clinician membership. Help Lightning allows experienced surgeons to guide and interactively assist others during operations in real-time, anywhere in the world.

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What are the benefits of Help Lightning for surgeons?

In light of the pandemic, and for the foreseeable future, the conventional ways of establishing collaborative partnerships through physical visits are not going to be possible. However, because Help Lightning allows surgeons to collaborate remotely, partnerships can still develop – and more easily than ever before.

Help Lightning can be used as a tool for education, mentorship and instruction – as well as for intraoperative case management. It allows both surgical planning and real-time intraoperative advice.

How does it work?

Watch this video to learn how Help Lightning works. This shows use cases in other industries – it’s every bit as useful with surgical applications and can also be used hands-free. All you need to use Help Lightning is your smartphone and an internet connection, though it can also be used with tablets, desktop computers and smart surgical glasses. 

Download a beginner's guide to Help Lightning here: Help Lightning Basic Training

Virtual help in real-time

Help Lightning uses Merged Reality to blend two real-time video streams – e.g. that of a remote surgical expert and another surgeon that needs help – into a collaborative environment. This Merged Reality allows the expert to virtually reach out and direct real surgical procedures or training.

Use your existing devices

Help Lightning runs on your existing mobile devices (iOS, Android) or a web-browser on laptop and desktop computers.

Surgeons can now provide remote assistance as though they’re working side-by-side. They can telestrate, freeze images, use hand gestures, and even add real objects into the merged reality environment.

Be there instantly

Help Lightning is easy, fast and intuitive.

Once you’re in a merged reality call with a colleague or customer, simply tap the mode to change how you interact. Choose whether you’re giving or receiving help, and start collaborating in seconds. Help Lightning’s unique Merged Reality can add missing visual cues, gestures, and non-verbal communication methods to any session.

Using Help Lightning with smart surgical glasses

Take Help Lightning to the next level by pairing it with smart glasses. This innovation allows the wearer to benefit from the assistance of AI or a third-party while performing surgery. When used in conjunction with Help Lightning, smart glasses mean that another surgeon can see exactly what you are seeing and what you’re doing – and also have their hands superimposed over your field of view.

There are a number of models available from different manufacturers including Vuzix, Zebra, and RealWear.

The Advantage of Remote Expertise

Studies show that adding gestures and nonverbal clues substantially improves the speed of understanding. Furthermore, nonverbal cues are 430% more effective than verbal cues and nonverbal cues make Help Lightning’s combination of verbal and nonverbal communication up to 10 times more effective.

Sources: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, British Journal of Clinical Psychology

Philip K. Frykman, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, FAAP

Philip K. Frykman, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, FAAP

General Surgeon

Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Thousand Oaks, United States of America


Location information

Hospital address

Los Robles Regional Medical Center Pacific Coast Pediatric Surgery, APC 2190 Lynn Rd, Suite 200 Thousand Oaks CALIFORNIA 91360 United States of America

Hospital type


Hospital description

Second-Level Hospital (Regional)


Prior to opening his own practice in Thousand Oaks, Dr. Frykman was the primary attending pediatric surgeon at Los Angeles’s famed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, internationally renowned as one of the United States’ finest hospitals. He is board certified in Surgery and Pediatric Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Also a member of the medical staff at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Frykman is a widely noted member of the faculty of pediatric surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, as well as at Cedars-Sinai. Since 2011, as part of the non-profit Mending Kids program, he led surgical missions to China where his team worked pro-bono performing procedures and teaching pediatric surgery, most recently in the Henan province.

In addition, Dr. Frykman is president and cofounder of the Global Pediatric Surgical Technology and Education Project (GPSTEP). The nonprofit corporation is dedicated to providing affordable surgical equipment to pediatric surgeons around the world. Dr. Frykman is also the coinventor of the Frykman-Kimble Stimulator for repair of congenital anorectal malformations, which is being made available through GPSTEP to pediatric surgeons worldwide.

The winner of multiple medical awards, Dr. Frykman has co-written 38 peer-reviewed research papers in prestigious journals, delivered over a hundred academic presentations and held multiple NIH grants. He reviews papers for numerous surgical and scientific journals, and is an active member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and serves committees.

Member information


Philip Frykman

Member type

Individual independent practitioner


General Surgeon


  • Paediatric

Languages spoken

  • English

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