One more surgical procedure making headway with no incision required...BD
If you're constantly reaching for antacids to control your heartburn, you may have a more serious problem called reflux disease. Some 25 million Americans have it* and now they have a new option to treat it. Using a newly-approved device for the first time in the U.S., doctors have performed surgery to fix reflux problems without making a single incision. Developing the technology took decades, but the operation only took an hour. When it was over, doctors at Ohio State University Medical Center may have ushered in a new era of surgery when it comes to fixing reflux problems. Experts at OSUMC say they're the first in the U.S. to use recently approved remote control instruments to repair the valve between the esophagus and stomach without using a scalpel.