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Social Surgery: A Gallery of Live-Tweeted Operations

Live Open-Heart Surgery

Beating heart open heart surgery

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On Feb. 12, 2012, cardiothoracic surgeon Michael P. Macris performed the first live "Twittercast" of a beating-heart bypass at Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston. The patient, a 57-year-old man, was not identified for privacy reasons.

Beating Heart Bypass

Beating heart open heart surgery

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Surgeons remove the saphenous vein from the bypass patient's leg to use in his heart. (Warning: Some photos in this gallery will be graphic.)

Michael Macris

live open-heart surgery

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Michael Macris, a cardiothoracic surgeon, conducts a live-tweeted open-heart surgery.

Opening the Chest

live open-heart surgery

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Surgeons use a mammary retractor to pull aside the chest wall in order to remove the mammary artery for use in the heart bypass.

Exposed Heart

Exposed heart in open heart surgery.

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The exposed heart of a patient undergoing the first live-tweeted open heart surgery.

Brain Surgery

Brain surgery patient

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On May 9, 2012, Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston live-tweeted a brain surgery by Dr. Dong Kim.

Live Brain Surgery

Brain surgery live

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Memorial Hermann surgeon Dong Kim works to remove a cavernous angioma, a type of malformed blood vessel, from the brain of a 21-year-old woman.

Open Brain

Live brain surgery

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Twittercasts of surgery allow viewers to get very close to the action — as with this close-up of an open brain during the May 2012 live-tweeted surgery at Memorial Hermann in Houston.

Scoping Out the Brain

Brain surgery live

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Neurosurgeon Dong Kim uses a scope during brain surgery.

Live C-Section

Surgery preparations

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On Feb. 20, 2013, Memorial Hermann live-tweeted the process of a scheduled C-section from the patient's arrival at the hospital to the birth of her baby.

Prepping for Baby

Preparing for a c-section

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Obstetrician Anne Gonzalez visits her patient on the morning of the c-section. The mother was low-risk and this was her second cesarean, Gonzalez said.