Surgery Theater, YouTube and MedlinePlus offer online videos of a variety of surgeries, including a total ankle replacement and a heart transplant procedure. MedlinePlus offers videos of prerecorded surgeries performed at various medical centers in the United States.
Prerecorded surgical videos are used to educate medical students by showing them how an experienced surgeon performs procedures on a patient. Many surgery videos include audio commentary by the surgeon detailing the procedure. Certain procedures are difficult to record, so the procedures are reenacted in animated videos. Prerecorded videos are also used for peer reviews in which experienced surgeons offer suggestions to improve the procedure and alternative methods to deal with issues that arose during the procedures.