UPDATE: As several commenters have noted, Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit has already tweeted during surgeries, including during the removal of a tumor from a kidney. Still pretty sure I wouldn't want anyone tweeting during my surgery, but for what it's worth the practice is in use at some of the nation's best medical centers.
Here's the link to a CNN story about staffers at Henry Ford Twittering through a surgery.
This is a real story; one hospital communicators should probably watch with a notepad.
Staff at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois conducted a surgery live on Twitter. While a surgeon performed a hysterectomy, staff members inside the operating room sent Twitter updates about the surgery.
For instance, “They just cauterized the infundopelvic ligament which contains the ovarian artery.” Or my personal favorite, “Anyone know what the infundopelvic ligament looks like?”
Just kidding—about that second tweet. Everything else is real.
How would you feel if your surgeon tweeted during surgery? I would absolutely not allow it.