Tags: nasa | surgery | zero | gravity

Zero-Gravity Surgery Device Being Tested for NASA

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2012 11:12 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A device initially made to control blood during brain and spinal surgeries may provide a solution for conducting operations in space, a major problem as humans mull long expeditions to Mars and beyond.
 
Because space is zero gravity, a simple operation such as an appendectomy — or even a tooth extraction — could contaminate the ship with blood, tissue, and bodily fluids, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
 
A team of Pittsburgh-based researchers are working on an astro-surgical tool — the Aqueous Immersion Surgical System — which uses water pressure in a watertight containment device to keep blood and fluids from floating away. The device can also recover an astronaut’s blood during surgery so it can be re-used.
 
The device, a clear bottomless dome, is attached to the skin, creating a watertight seal like wearing swim goggles.

It adds pressure from a sterile saline solution to control bleeding, and preserves the surgeon’s view, and has watertight ports so doctors can insert instruments and do surgery under the dome, allowing laparoscopic, arthroscopic or even open surgery and wound stitching.
 
The project currently has no outside funding, but NASA is offering assistance by providing research time on the special zero-gravity aircraft.
 
Scientists will take four flights on the plane to test the technology and — on the final two flights — there are plans to perform surgical procedures on a pig's heart to test the system.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Study Blames Lost Calves on Panthers

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 07:35 AM

Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and . . .

Scientists: Earth Narrowly Escaped Devastating 2012 Solar Storm

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 19:07 PM

A powerful solar storm's near-miss with Earth two years ago could have wreaked massive havoc, but businesses and governm . . .

Health Experts Worry Ebola Epidemic Could Go Global

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 17:58 PM

Doctors in Britain are being warned to be on the lookout for possible cases of Ebola disease. "The issue is about the po . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved