December 18th, 2009

The Top 10 Medical Advances of the Decade

By Kelley Luckstein

…ABC News, in collaboration with MedPage Today, reached out to more than 800 specialists for their suggestions… 8. Minimally Invasive Techniques Revolutionize Surgery…

 

Ten years ago someone would expect to see a six inch scar after a doctor removed an organ, but new techniques in minimally invasive surgery have virtually eliminated scars from some procedures…

 

Today women can look forward to much shorter recovery times from hysterectomies due to another form of natural orifice surgery. Now doctors can remove the uterus through the vagina, not a large incision in the abdomen…"Robotic surgery increased the ability of cancer surgeons to get clean margins as well, due to the magnification of the structures," said Dr. Douglas Bacon of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. 

 

Dr. Richard Caselli of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., pointed out that robotic surgery "offers the potential for surgeons to operate on patients remotely."

 

ABC News by Peggy Peck and Lauren Cox, 12/17/09

Tags: Innovation (Center of), Mayo Clinic Arizona, Mayo Clinic Rochester, medical advances, robotic surgery

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