About one person every 37 seconds dies in the United States alone from cardiovascular disease.
The death rate from all cancers in the U.S. has dropped by an estimated 26% since 1991.
The most common conditions include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.
Donors who donate their body to science make it possible for surgeons and doctors to train on new procedures, scientists to develop new medical treatments, companies to develop safe medical devices, and patients to experience reduced post-surgery recovery times and infections.
New types of robotic-assisted surgeries are becoming available each year, allowing us to experience safer, less invasive, and more precise procedures. Surgeons can now operate using only 1-2 cm incisions, with greater accuracy than ever before. Surgeons operate from a computer console, using hand controls to control the robotic arms.
While these robots don’t “do” any surgeries — the decisions and actions are still performed entirely by the surgeon — the robots help to enhance the skills and capabilities of the surgeon.
The advanced platforms used include very small high-resolution cameras and multiple arms. Each of the arms is equipped with small surgical instruments that can rotate 360 degrees. Complex surgeries can be completed with just a few small incisions.
Everyday lives are impacted by lifesaving organ donation, as well as body donation to science. Both transplant recovery teams (they recover organs for transplantation) and transplant teams (they perform the live transplant) benefit from the gift of body donation to science.
It is through education and extensive training that organ donation continues to push the limits and find new ways to change the world for victims of traumatic medical circumstances.
It often takes extensive practice and rehearsal to orchestrate a successful organ transplant. Every single movement and step are outlined in advance and often practiced many times before the actual transplant surgery takes place on a live donor recipient.
This is where body donation to science comes in — without the gift of donation to science, doctors would be learning and exploring on live patients. It is accuracy throughout the process that makes organ transplant a miracle for so many people.
Cochlear implants are electronic devices that can partially restore hearing. Cochlear implants are typically an option for patients with extensive inner ear damage who have not successfully benefited from hearing aids. Body donors to science have helped to develop and test this technology for many years.
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