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Surgery goes live on TV

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Television viewers across the country were able to watch operations live in their own homes this week, following the start of a pioneering new series.

The Operation: Surgery Live, which was broadcast over four nights last week on Channel 4, kicked off on Monday with the repair of a leaky mitral valve by cardiothoracic surgeon Francis Wells, and his team from Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

The second programme will feature brain surgery while the patient is awake. This will be broadcast live from Southampton General Hospital’s Wessex Neurological Centre.

Channel 4’s commissioning editor for science David Glover said: ‘We hope the series will de-mystify surgery, encourage discussion and help viewers to understand their own bodies, as well as showing the care, dedication and skill that goes into modern surgery.’

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