Robotic surgery doesn't mean Rosie from "The Jetsons" is going to get it. Instead, these high-tech bots let surgeons make the tiniest, most precise movements to limit tissue damage. But even now, researchers are dreaming up better robot inventions.
Future Victor Frankensteins won't have to become grave robbers to obtain body parts. Instead, we're betting they'll take advantage of a rapidly developing technology known as bioprinting. What do you know about this crazy offshoot of 3-D printing?
Now, doctors can replace every part of the human body, from skin and bones to organs, hands and faces. It's no longer science fiction to imagine that we could slowly replace our organs as they wear out. But surely there are limits?
In the future, nanotechnology may allow us to inject nanobots -- or tiny robots -- into our bloodstream to deliver medicines and battle all types of diseases. And one of the most promising medical purposes for nanobots appears to be their potential to treat cancer.
A torn elbow ligament once signaled the end of a pitching career. But a groundbreaking surgery named after Hall of Fame pitcher Tommy John changed that bleak scenario, and the mound hasn't been the same since.
In the history of desperate time and desperate measures, you'll find Jeff Getty's story. After getting FDA approval and finding a willing doctor, Getty had a baboon bone marrow transplant in 1995. The results? A mixed bag of success and skepticism.