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We asked you to submit your questions to the surgeons using Twitter. The best ones were answered live during the operations.

Surgery Live on Twitter

You needed a Twitter account to ask a question. It's easy to get set-up and takes only minutes.

Twitter is a 'microblogging' service enabling you to publish short messages (140 characters – i.e. similar to a text message) to a whole group of people simultaneously. It made it possible to discuss and ask questions about Surgery Live as the show went out live.

Ask a question

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You could ask a question using your Twitter Status feature. When Twitter asks 'What are you doing?' you just started your question with #slive. (This linked it with Surgery Live and made it easy to find).

We then found it and chose the best questions to ask the surgeon. Unfortunately, not all questions were answered or published on this website. You needed to keep your question to 140 characters or less (or they got curtailed).

For Mac Users: # is Alt + 3

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You could see your question and find out what everyone else was asking and talking about by going to #slive Twitter search. You didn't need to be registered with Twitter to do this.

Find out how Twitter works and get set-up by following our step-by-step guide.


If for some reason you were unable to join in via Twitter, you could also email your questions. The difference with this method of asking questions was that your question did not appear as part of a wider, networked conversation. You were, however, eligible to be chosen for asking the surgeon a question in the same way as Twitter questions.

Thank you all for your questions and comments via email to date. Unfortunately, due to the enormous volume of emails received, it is not possible to reply individually to questions that are not asked live on air.

Thank you for your support and interest in Surgery Live.

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