Friday, January 16, 2009

Headline: Appendix Removed Through Patient's Vagina

FTA: Breaking new ground in what many surgeons consider the next frontier in minimally invasive surgery, Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital surgeon Kurt Roberts, M.D., successfully performed an appendectomy with no abdominal incision. The appendix was removed through a small incision in the patient's vagina.

Wow, who else thinks Dr. Kurt Roberts is over compensating for something?

All kidding aside this is fantastic. Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) is even better than traditional laparoscopic surgery (which is practically a miracle in its own right). Couple these techniques with stem cell therapies and soon recovery time for even complex surgeries (like bypasses) are going to be so greatly reduced they will more closely resemble out patient procedures than what we recognize as surgery today. (Yes, its unlikely that a bypass is ever going to be an out patient procedure, but compared to the months and months my father spent recovering from his, laparoscopic techniques could reduce the recovery time to weeks or even days.)

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