Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How cool is this?

Remember when we were kids and the Teacher would tell you about all of the wonderful things that will improve our life in the future? Well check this story out.

NEW BRUNSWICK — Surgeons at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital became the first in the nation to successfully implant a self-contained artificial heart in a patient since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

The patient, a 76-year-old man, did not qualify for a heart transplant or other available therapies and was determined to be in severe end-stage heart failure. He therefore becoming eligible for the innovative procedure through the implant of the AbioCor, Total Replacement Heart — the world's first completely self-contained, fully implantable artificial heart.

Unlike the Jarvik 7 which required the patient to be tethered to a machine about the size of your average ATV this device is completely self contained. Kind of creepy but cool nonetheless. Of course this will mean yet another in service on a new medical device if I had to guess. Who'd have thought this possible?

The whole article is at the Home News Tribune.

1 comment:

MICP696 said...

Three Cheers to Dr Anderson, after having his skills as a bypass patient and knowning his "persona" I can only think that he should be the one to do this first surgery. Mark is a real person with incredabile skills and there should be a whole lot of Hooo Raaahhhs!