Minimal invasiveness

The appearance of this item in my news-stream reminded me to highlight once again how inexorable is the drive toward minimal invasiveness:

Transcatheter heart valve company CardiAQ Valve Technologies (CVT), which is developing the world’s first self-conforming and self-anchoring technology for Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation (TMVI), announced today that successful results of an acute in vivo study of its TMVI system were disclosed by Dr.


Transcatheter, percutaneous, "natural orifice" and likely other options will, in the future, make traditional "open" surgical procedures (e.g., laparotomy) seem almost barbaric. I watch this trend with interest, recognizing that there is, in principle, no limit to the goal of making surgery — and healthcare — least invasive.

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