143 million surgeries go undone annually due to lack of medical preparation

  • Surgical complication and mortality rates increase 3-fold and 5-fold, respectively, when surgeries are performed by poorly qualified professionals.
  • Spanish team leads cutting-edge medical education and training through a streeaming channel of live operations for professionals around the world
  • AIS Channel helps democratize education and already has a community of over 60,000 surgeons from 183 countries.

Performing operations live through an online medical education platform so that healthcare professionals in any country are not only informed of the latest advances in the most cutting-edge techniques, but can also witness and participate in how they are handled in the operations and surgeries themselves in real time, could be the future of medicine if it were not for the fact that it is already the present. And it is led by a Spanish medical team.

The channel is called AIS Channel, which already has a community of more than 60,000 surgeons who teach courses in different surgical specialties. This platform receives more than 4,000 daily visits from healthcare professionals from all over the world, and has been founded by Dr. Antonio de Lacy and his medical team. Top Doctors, a leading digital platform for medical excellence to which the man who is arguably the best surgeon in the world today and one of the pioneers in implementing minimally invasive surgical techniques belongs, explains why he launched a surgical learning platform.

143 million surgeries remain undone in the world due to lack of preparation

Up to 19 million deaths per year could be avoided through surgery. In this sense, the democratization of health education and the transfer of knowledge make it possible to save the lives of many people. “It is necessary to show professionals the best possibilities offered by the market, and the new existing surgical techniques and methodologies. Every year, more than 143 million surgeries around the world are not performed due to the lack of trained surgeons. This translates into more than 7 million people who lose their lives because they were not in the hands of a medical team that was not prepared or did not use the proper technique for the case. Therefore, it is the job of each professional to share the knowledge that prevents this from happening,” assures Dr. Lacy.

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According to data from different studies2 , the surgical complication and mortality rates are multiplied by 3 and 5, respectively, when surgeries are performed by low-skilled professionals. Operating times are also multiplied by a factor of 2.5.

“In our last operation broadcast on AIS Channel, we removed a tumor in the rectum in a minimally invasive way. The surgery attracted more than 15,000 doctors, who were able to ask questions via live chat, which we answered on the spot,” explains the doctor. “We want to improve this teaching in such a way that in the near future we will be able to teach the technique without the need to travel to the different hospitals, via cell phone or Tablet”.

He does all this through the AIS Channel platform, founded in 2014 by himself and which today has become the world’s leading online platform in surgery, through the use of the most advanced technologies (virtual reality, augmented virtual reality, artificial intelligence, etc.) and also open free of charge to everyone. Surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and professionals from the audiovisual world make it possible. It also has multinational partners such as Google, Sony, Medtronic and many other key players in the technology industry.


  1. Lancet Apr 2015
  2. Birkmeyer et al, NEJM Oct 213
  3. CAVA Robotics