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Chronicle Journal - 3D 'keyhole' surgery could be wave of future

Published: 24 Jan 2012

Several surgeons in Canada have test-run a prototype 3D system for laparoscopic surgeries, one form of the minimally invasive operations performed with a camera-tipped scope and instruments fed through tiny incisions in the body.

Several surgeons in Canada have test-run a prototype 3D system for laparoscopic surgeries, one form of the minimally invasive operations performed with a camera-tipped scope and instruments fed through tiny incisions in the body. Dr. Gerald Fried, a laparoscopic surgeon at McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, recently field-tested the system to repair a hernia involving the stomach.

"I think it has certain benefits and certain drawbacks in comparison to what we're used to using," says Fried, who has been performing minimally invasive surgeries for close to 25 years and teaches the technique to other surgeons.

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