doctor told me he had some bad news, that it was cancer, but it
looked new," recalls Sackett. "I was fortunate that they
caught it while it was fresh, before it had a chance to go jumping
around my body."
also was fortunate because, as a patient at UC Davis Medical Center,
he was a candidate for a new type of minimally invasive surgery
to remove his diseased esophagus.
invasive surgery is surgery of the chest, abdomen, spine and pelvis
using viewing scopes and flexible, wand-like instruments. These
instruments allow surgeons to do major operations using a small
number of tiny incisions. The viewing scope consists of a tube with
a light source attached that is connected to a tiny video camera.
The camera - smaller than a dime - projects images of the body onto
video monitors in the operating room.
viewing scope lets doctors use instruments with tiny cutting and
grasping edges to complete surgery. It's known as keyhole surgery
or Nintendo surgery, a reference to the limited visibility and fine
hand-eye coordination needed.
these instruments are used in the abdomen, the proce- dure is called
a laparoscope; when it's used to operate on a joint, it is called
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