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44 Modern Medical Innovations and Strange Surgeries

— October 24, 2008 — Lifestyle
It’s been a rough ten days for Tom Brady, who has had two surgeries in the past fortnight on his injured left knee. The Patriots quarterback has been sidelined ever since he sustained the injury back in September, and it’s reported that his second surgery is due to an infection from his first trip under the knife.

While medical breakthroughs probably aren’t at the top of Tom Brady’s list these days, he should take comfort in the vast improvements that have been made in sports rehabilitation and surgery. In generations past, a knee injury typically meant the end of a season--or a career. Today, complete reconstructive surgery can be completed and athletes like Tom Brady can return to the field better than they were before their injury.

From transluminal catheters to zero-gravity surgeries, technology and science are catching up to face modern health problems at light speed. Tom Brady might just be going in for knee surgery now, but as the athlete ages, the demands football places on his body will be far more apparent. By then, medical technology will probably have been revolutionized once more.
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Medical Musical Comedies
Medical Musical Comedies
'Damaged Care' Parodies US Health Care
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Zero-Gravity Robotic Surgery
Zero-Gravity Robotic Surgery
SRI Robo-Doc Performs at 34,000 Feet
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Surgery In Space
Surgery In Space
Zero Gravity Surgery One Step Closer (Follow Up)
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No-Incision Appendectomies 2
No-Incision Appendectomies 2
Scarless Surgery Through the Mouth
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Online Medical Records
Online Medical Records
Google Health
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Electronic Noses
Electronic Noses
Medical Noses to Sniff the Scent of Disease
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Disco Doctor Training
Disco Doctor Training
Perfect Chest Compressions with "Stayin' Alive"
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Prescription Chocolate
Prescription Chocolate
Just What the Doctor Ordered
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Doctor Breaks Delivery Record
Doctor Breaks Delivery Record
4 Sets of Twins in 24 Hours
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Touchscreen X-Ray Machine Has Fun Webgames & TV Too
Touchscreen X-Ray Machine Has Fun Webgames & TV Too
The MEDIVista Medical Equipment
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Control Your Poo With a Surgically Implanted On/Off Switch
Control Your Poo With a Surgically Implanted On/Off Switch
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Glow-In-The-Dark Medical Gadgets
Glow-In-The-Dark Medical Gadgets
Transluminal Catheter
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Biomedical Photography
Biomedical Photography
2006 Biomedical Image Awards
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Portable Medical Information
Portable Medical Information
Zaptag
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Drug-Free Medical Treatments
Drug-Free Medical Treatments
FDA Clears Magnets for Depression
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3D Medical Simulators
3D Medical Simulators
PerioSim for Dental Students
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Tiny Robot Performs Medical Treatment
Tiny Robot Performs Medical Treatment
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Thumb Surgery For Better iPhone Usage
Thumb Surgery For Better iPhone Usage
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DHL Medical Shipments
DHL Medical Shipments
Good Idea Until Human Head Shipped was to Michigan Home
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Medical Wikipedia
Medical Wikipedia
Medpedia
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Skin Antennas
Skin Antennas
Wireless Connection for Medical Implants
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Docs Ditch White Lab Coats
Docs Ditch White Lab Coats
Medical Fashion
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Interactive apparel
Interactive apparel
Electrodoctor Monitors your Heartbeat
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Medical Nanotechnology Breakthroughs
Medical Nanotechnology Breakthroughs
Nanohealing Material Stops Bleeding
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The Intelligent Toilet.  Receive a medical check-up while doing your business.
The Intelligent Toilet. Receive a medical check-up while doing your business.
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Sexsomniacs
Sexsomniacs
Medical Researchers Profile Rare Condition
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Doctor Fish
Doctor Fish
Being Eaten Alive as Medical Treatment
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Female Terrorists
Female Terrorists
Aafia Siddiqu, MIT Brain Doctor, President Poisoning Plotter
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Handheld Medical Scanner
Handheld Medical Scanner
SilhouetteMobile
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Google Helps Doctors Diagnose  Illness
Google Helps Doctors Diagnose Illness
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No-Incision Appendectomies
No-Incision Appendectomies
"Natural Orifice" Surgery Through Vagina
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Web-Savvy Doctors
Web-Savvy Doctors
Webicina Brings Clinicians Into Present
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iPhone Apps That Send Symptoms to Doctors
iPhone Apps That Send Symptoms to Doctors
Dyna-Vision
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Egg Chair
Egg Chair
Doctor Riter's ErgoChair
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Modern Medical Breakthroughs
Modern Medical Breakthroughs
10 Ingenious Medical Treatments
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Painless Diabetes Testing
Painless Diabetes Testing
Pelikan Sun Medical Lancet
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Anatomical Emotions
Anatomical Emotions
Faux Medical Diagrams to Explain Feelings
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Bone Injector Drills
Bone Injector Drills
Vidacare EZ-IO Wins Medical Innovation of the Year
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Fashionable Medical Bracelets
Fashionable Medical Bracelets
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Performance Art Surgery
Performance Art Surgery
Stelarc Implants Ear in Forearm For Internet Broadcasts
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Visual Product Surgeries
Visual Product Surgeries
Photographing Toothpaste Guts
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Brazil To Cover Sex Change Costs
Brazil To Cover Sex Change Costs
Health Care Endorses Surgery
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Designer Vaginas
Designer Vaginas
Controversial Surgeries
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Hello Kitty Medical Supplies
Hello Kitty Medical Supplies
Doctors Get Cute
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