You’re going to put that…where?

If you’ve ever dropped something down the drain, you know how hard it can be to see around the drain’s curves or retrieve an object using straight, rigid tools. Spoiler alert: You pretty much can’t. Now imagine that drain is the colon of a patient who would really prefer you didn’t use a stiff, unbending surgical instrument to prod around inside their delicate organ. Luckily for these patients, Medrobotics has received FDA approval to use its Flex Robotic System involving “steerable and shapeable robotic products” in colorectal procedures. Basically, it’s a bendy surgical robot that surgeons guide through twisty areas using a joystick. Awesome. InsightCity imagines the surgeons will have fun reliving Nintendo’s glory days.

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