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Marc Bessler, MD, Director, Minimal Access Surgery Center, and his colleagues at Columbia University Medical Center are using, testing, and refining three new methods of performing surgery that leave no external scars on the body.
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The Columbia team performed the first transvaginal gallbladder removal operation in the U.S. in March 2007. Inset: A magnified scope provides excellent imaging of the interior anatomy, allowing for precise placement of the tiny instruments.
In the next step beyond laparoscopic surgery, surgeons andmedical endoscopists are now working together to perform surgery without any external incisions or scars.
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