Harpoon

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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Janice Dorothy

January 20, 2017 at 14:45

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

grace

January 7, 2017 at 12:29

i thimk this will be very positive in the future and that it has the posibility of spreading out across the world

Sloth

January 4, 2017 at 14:03

it is very interesting and it is good to see advances in sugerical procedures.

angel

November 1, 2016 at 10:46

thats incredible. im excited about what we can achieve in the future!

Katrina.

October 24, 2016 at 10:18

Any device that can help to shorten surgery time, reduce blood loss prevent full open heart surgery therefore reduce the chances of developing infection can only be a great thing. aswell as this it may also save the skint nhs a fair few pounds too!!!

Martin

October 19, 2016 at 10:39

I think this will be pretty useful in surgery. It does sound painful.

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