As new, game-changing technologies like focused ultrasound surgeries, heart-repairing catheters, and radiosurgical devices continue to emerge and their uses continue to grow, will we ever see the day when surgeons lay down their scalpels completely?
Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) April 08, 2013
Surgeries without knives are making recovery processes easier and allowing patients unfit for the trauma of surgery to receive life-saving treatments, the Miami Herald reported on March 24, 2013, in “Heart Repair Breakthroughs Replace Surgeon’s Knife.” Noninvasive technologies, such as focused ultrasound beams, radiosurgery, and sophisticated catheters, have become commonplace in treating brain tumors, uterine fibroids, and heart conditions that once necessitated risky surgeries. As researchers discover new ways to use these technologies in treating a wide variety of injuries and illnesses, Richard P. Console, Jr., examines the effect on patients and the field of medicine as a whole. With 20 years of experience practicing personal injury law, Console has developed a unique understanding of the hurdles that patients often face while trying to recover from physically traumatic surgeries.
“As new, game-changing technologies like focused ultrasound surgeries, heart-repairing catheters, and radiosurgical devices continue to emerge and their uses continue to grow, will we ever see the day when surgeons lay down their scalpels completely?” Console said. “I, for one, wouldn’t be sorry to see a time when knocking a patient out with anesthesia and carving through skin and healthy tissues with a scalpel seems as barbaric to future generations as the historical use of blood leeches and amputations without painkillers seems to us. Imagine the implications that these knifeless operations have for patients battling cancer, in the midst of suffering cardiac arrest, or gravely injured in an accident.”
Console explores the impact of these new medical technologies on the course of patients’ recovery in his latest article, “No Knife Operations: The Next Generation of Surgeries.” Console reflects on the possible implications that these current knifeless surgeries have for the future of medicine.