Days Of Surgery Are Numbered, Says Top Surgeon
Minimally Invasive Surgery
The days when medics need to cut open a patient in order to carry out surgery are numbered.
Minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopies where "keyhole" instruments are used to carry out complex abdominal surgery, are being used on increasing numbers of patients and help cut down on the need for major surgery, Professor Sir Ara Darzi will say.
These kinds of procedures are part of a transition to completely non-invasive surgery where operations are carried out without having to cut the body at all.
Professor Darzi, Head of the Division of Surgery, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care at Imperial College, will describe some of the new technologies that will make this possible, at the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering's 37th Annual Lecture.