Could the wonders of telehealth extend to performing surgery?

Earlier this month an Italian surgeon used a robot to carry out a cordectomy on a cadaver while 15km away

Since Medicare funding for telehealth was introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been debate over what can be done entirely from a distance and what can’t.

The ENT surgeon performing the cordectomy.

Despite the wizardry of modern technology, surely there must be some medicine that’s impossible to perform remotely when face-to-face contact is necessary.

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