ELS live surgery: a developing story

Frederik G Dikkers, Manuel Bernal-Sprekelsen, J Peter Klussmann, Christian Sittel, Witold Szyfter

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INTRODUCTION: Since 2015, the European Laryngological Society (ELS) has organized on a yearly basis the European Laryngological Live Surgery Broadcast. The goal of this paper is to demonstrate the increasing worldwide audience.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: The number of individual computers logged in, number of estimated audience, and number of countries with an active audience were calculated and compared to the numbers in 2015.

RESULTS: In 2018, 19 live interventions were performed in three parallel sessions. The surgeons worked in 10 departments in 8 different countries. The number of individual computers logged in increased from 1000 in 2015 to 16000 in 2018. The estimated audience increased from 3000 to 32000 visitors. The number of countries with an active audience increased from 52 to 91.

DISCUSSION: The amount of computers logged in is increasing year by year. The audience was presenting despite inconvenient broadcasting times, highlighting the educational importance. The teaching aspect remains visible on videos of this year's and previous year's interventions. They can be seen on website http://els.livesurgery.net/home.php . The organization of the European Laryngological Live Surgery Broadcast concurs to the idea that live broadcast of laryngologic surgery is feasible and attractive. Therefore, the ELS is going to continue to organize additional European Laryngological Live Surgery Broadcasts in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)897-899
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean archives of oto-rhino-laryngology : official journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2019


  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Internet/statistics & numerical data
  • Otolaryngology/education
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Surgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data
  • Societies, Medical/statistics & numerical data
  • Teaching Rounds/methods
  • Video Recording

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