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.

 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/165584.php

 

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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