Surgeon point-of-view recording: Using a high-definition head-mounted video camera in the operating room

Akshay Nair, Saurabh Kamal, Tarjani Dave, Kapil Mishra, Harsha Reddy, David Rocca, Robert Della Rocca, Aleza Andron, Vandana Jain

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Objective: To study the utility of a commercially available small, portable ultra-high definition (HD) camera (GoPro Hero 4) for intraoperative recording. Methods: A head mount was used to fix the camera on the operating surgeon's head. Due care was taken to protect the patient's identity. The recorded video was subsequently edited and used as a teaching tool. This retrospective, noncomparative study was conducted at three tertiary eye care centers. The surgeries recorded were ptosis correction, ectropion correction, dacryocystorhinostomy, angular dermoid excision, enucleation, blepharoplasty and lid tear repair surgery (one each). The recorded videos were reviewed, edited, and checked for clarity, resolution, and reproducibility. Results: The recorded videos were found to be high quality, which allowed for zooming and visualization of the surgical anatomy clearly. Minimal distortion is a drawback that can be effectively addressed during postproduction. The camera, owing to its lightweight and small size, can be mounted on the surgeon's head, thus offering a unique surgeon point-of-view. In our experience, the results were of good quality and reproducible. Conclusions: A head-mounted ultra-HD video recording system is a cheap, high quality, and unobtrusive technique to record surgery and can be a useful teaching tool in external facial and ophthalmic plastic surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)771-774
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Camera
  • GoPro
  • intraoperative videography
  • photography
  • recording
  • surgical documentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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