The field of study such as medicine is so enticing and alluring that I somehow get hooked to whatever relates well and is off my professional life. I revere the surgeons no less than Gods for I believe they have the skills and knowledge to grant us a new life. This is a field wherein a small mistake can cost a lot and this is what makes surgery a challenging task. Making mistakes is human but I wonder how do these surgeons develop such strength and perfection when it comes to their profession.
This took me to watch this wonderful TED talk [the link of which is at the end of this post]. Dr. Peter Weinstock talks about the main problems that prevail when it comes to handling complex surgeries. For instance, he mentions a very rare case of a newly born baby who has intestines nearby the region of the heart and vice versa. Fixing and enabling the baby to survive is an onerous task in itself. Also, such surgeries are quite rare but require quite an amount of practice.
Can we even get struck with a thought how Hollywood can come to the rescue of the surgeons and help them increase the success rates of such complex surgeries ? This brilliant talk is about utilizing the special effects used in Hollywood to carve out the replicas of the patients and perform a ‘mock’ surgery. The 3D prints would have inputs from the CT scans, MRI scans and the like, that would produce a near perfect replica. As such, the theme – ‘Operate twice, cut once’ can be achieved.
I believe this would also help the surgeons to be better prepared for such scenarios. However, there needs to be a lot of investment on the technology front, the efforts and the time. But this is nothing when it comes to saving a life.
I now realize the true potential of technology and how impactful it to our lives when put to the apt usage.
Do spare few minutes out to watch this mind-blowing talk at https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_weinstock_lifelike_simulations_that_make_real_life_surgery_safer#t-73925