A Soviet Doctor Stranded In Antarctica Had To Cut Out His Own Appendix 

In February 1961, Leonid Rogozov was one of 12 men wintering at a new Soviet base in Antarctica. He was also their only doctor. So when he came down with a bad case of appendicitis, well, there was only thing to do really: He had to remove the appendix himself.

Medical Robots Can Be Hacked During Surgery, Researchers Find

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have just hijacked a teleoperated surgical robot, demonstrating major security weaknesses in the machines that may eventually replace a surgeon’s hands in hospitals worldwide. Yikes.

This Is Probably The Most Disgusting Yet Most Satisfying Surgery Ever

Acute subdural hematoma is the technical name of one of the deadliest of all head injuries. This video shows how you get rid of it, which involves opening the brain and removing the clogged blood. It’s really gross, but incredibly fascinating too. Warning: STRONG IMAGES.

This Robot Performs Less Intrusive Brain Surgery Through Your Cheek

The thought of a robot burrowing its way through your cheek to access your brain certainly sounds unsettling. But for conditions that require access to areas like the hippocampus located on the underside, it’s actually far less invasive than cutting open the skull on top and having to drill through the entire brain to reach it. This means there’s far less recovery time for the patient.

Doctors Implanted A 3D-Printed Vertebra For The First Time

Doctors in Beijing successfully replaced a 12-year-old boy’s damaged second vertebra with a 3D-printed custom implant made from titanium powder. The boy, who had bone cancer, is now in recovery.

Extremely Graphic Surgery Video Shows The Miracle Of Heart Transplants

Human heart transplantation is a medical miracle that saves the lives of thousands of patients every year. A heart transplant can add years, sometimes even decades, to a very sick patient’s life. It’s a game-changer, and it’s breathtaking to watch. It’s also EXTREMELY GRAPHIC. You’ve been warned.

Using Plastic Surgery To Keep Astronauts Human On Long Space Missions

A brief exchange in the back of last week’s issue of New Scientist asks: “I understand that the lines and sagging skin we acquire as we age are due to the sun and gravity. If I lived in a space station in zero or microgravity away from the sun, would I stay looking young?” A perfectly innocuous, if even somewhat boring, question — but the answer, supplied by a reader from London, touches on some fascinating terrain.

Train For Surgery Using Immersive 3D Holograms Of Corpses

Computer-generated models are starting to let researchers and students peer into the body without needing a real human stretched out before them. Virtual dissection tables have been built at places like Stanford and the University of Calgary. Now, computer scientists and biologists have taken the technology another step forward, using projectors, joysticks and 3-D equipment to build a floating holographic human that users can dissect, manipulate and put back together as they wish.

Testing Is About To Begin On These Futuristic Robot Space Surgeons

If you’re an astronaut on your way to Mars, there aren’t too many options if your appendix bursts. That’s why a technology company has developed mini robot space surgeons that can actually climb inside of astronauts’ bodies. The first zero-gravity tests on the machine are about to begin.

Doctors Are About To Start Human Trials For Suspended Animation

After years of sci-fi-inspired fantasies about the technique, a team of doctors in Pittsburgh are finally ready to start testing out a procedure that involves putting patients in a state of “suspended animation” while they repair their injuries. Put bluntly, they’re going to kill people and bring them back to life.