Image: Jennie Hills / Science Museum London

October 3, 2016

Researchers in the United States have developed a hand-held device that can stitch the inside of your heart while it's still beating. Surgeons insert the Harpoon TSD-5 through a small hole in the chest, making surgery less invasive than other methods and reducing time patients spend in hospital. 

Lisa, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

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January 26, 2017 at 11:56

this technology will benefit us in the future. i wonder what else we can do.

ari and leen

January 26, 2017 at 11:21

This is amazing because it saves peoples' lives. You never know how this technology will become even better in the future.

Jake Ferguson

January 25, 2017 at 15:46

sounds interesting, hopefully if clinical trials are successful perhaps we could see this in the veterinary profession in the future.


January 25, 2017 at 12:37

It is amazing what we can achieve with modern medicine, and it just expands the field of knowledge.


January 24, 2017 at 12:20

advancements in technology always make me wonder what our ancestors would think if they returned to earth today


January 22, 2017 at 16:29

This could have advantages for those who needs it, but should we really rely on technology every time when it comes to saving lifes?.


January 22, 2017 at 13:26

This is a good idea, but what are the chances of survival? What is the accuracy like with this tool?


January 21, 2017 at 17:23

I think this is an amazing discovery!! FANTASTIC for future procedures


January 21, 2017 at 16:53

Doctor and product designer... how cool

louise sara

January 21, 2017 at 14:54

facinating work, beneficial to cardiac patients

Janice Dorothy

January 20, 2017 at 14:45

As a grandmother with a heart problem and osteoperosis , it is exciting to see such inovation!


January 16, 2017 at 11:46

i think this is a magnificent device which in the future will help many individuals overcome not only their heart problems but the fear behimd open heart surgery and the risks involved


January 15, 2017 at 16:02

i think it sounds mad complicated,


January 15, 2017 at 15:42

I think calling it a harpoon makes it sound a bit violent and scary.


January 15, 2017 at 14:19

I think this is a good idea that can help save lives and costs.

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