The Da Vinci robot, a remotely-controlled tool for surgeons, is capable of performing all-robotics surgery, but sometimes we like to see it tackle delicate, everyday, non-medical tasks to see just how amazingly dextrous it is. That might mean folding a tiny paper airplane, or, in this case, lacing a football. We always thought football needed more robots (it only has the one, right? That dancing one on Fox broadcasts?).
By Jennie WaltersPosted 04.01.2011 at 4:23 pm 10 Comments
The da Vinci robot, renowned for its prostate surgery skill, can also fly planes. Well, paper ones anyway. With Dr. James Porter of Seattle's Swedish Medical Center guiding its tiny robotic arms through the process, da Vinci successfully folds and flies a miniature paper airplane in this video.
A 25-year-old father from Fort Worth, Texas, received a new face in a 15-hour procedure last week, Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced Monday. Dallas Wiens is the first American to receive a full facial transplant.
A new type of endoscope with a super-small camera on its end could yield cheap, disposable scopes for peering inside your body. The camera is about the size of a grain of kosher salt, and its designers say it's the smallest camera ever.
Surgical robots might allow precise operation in tiny places our unwieldy human hands can't go, but using those robots removes the surgeon's valuable sense of touch. At the University of Washington, a group of engineering students decided to use a hacked Microsoft Kinect to give that sense back.
There’s too much guesswork in cancer surgery. Although a tumor is usually a different color or density than the healthy tissue around it, stray cancer cells near the tumor often blend in, so surgeons carve out an extra fraction of an inch surrounding it. But if post-op tests prove that the extracted tissue has cancer cells on its edge, another round of surgery is required. This happens frequently: About 20 percent of breast-cancer patients need a second surgery because of lingering cancer cells.
I’m not sure I would trust robots named McSleepy and DaVinci to knock me out and cut me open, but that’s what one brave soul just did, when he had his prostate removed at McGill University Health Centre for the world’s first all-robotic surgery.
In the near future, wounds may be treated with a flash of light. A process called photochemical tissue bonding can replace conventional stitches, staples and glues in repairing skin wounds and even reconnecting nerves and blood vessels.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, working with funds from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, recently completed a pilot study to determine the effectiveness of light bonding compared to traditional stitches. The study involved patients who had skin lesions removed and needed stitches.
A team of 30 Spanish doctors announced Friday they had completed the world's first full-face transplant.
In a 22-hour-long operation on March 20, a man injured in a shooting accident received the entire face -- skin, muscles, cheekbones, lips and teeth -- of a donor.
The man, whose name was not released, has since seen himself in the mirror and was calm and satisfied, the BBC reports.