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    Don't exactly know why this popped into my head but are there advantages to performing surgery in a weightless environment? Didn't one of the Space Shuttle missions experiment with this? Have trial surgeries been done on animals (or humans) to this regard? Surely extended manned missions to other worlds will have to adjust their techniques to compensate or perhaps technology be able to simulate Earth conditions.

    Of course there might also be some real disadvantages to outer space surgery also.

    If our access to space ever becomes routine, and if medicine is better practiced there, then I can visualize hospitals orbiting the planet someday.

    Thoughts or some real information?


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    Mopping up blood under those conditions ......


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    Controlling loose body fluids without gravity may be a real problem.
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    The current solar flare activity could act as natural radioactive treatment for cancer :P Or probably make it worse...

    And if a space hospital full of children, patients, doctors, and nurses is hit by an asteroid... Well there's an issue right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brody View Post

    And if a space hospital full of children, patients, doctors, and nurses is hit by an asteroid... Well there's an issue right there.
    Well we have that same danger (actually as great or greater) right here on Terra Firma. While the atmosphere protects us from smaller ones, the greater gravity attracts (or more correctly deflects) more toward us.
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    Wouldn't that make it hard to use IV bags and other tools that rely on gravity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sci-fi guy View Post
    Wouldn't that make it hard to use IV bags and other tools that rely on gravity?
    not too difficult, just have the pressure of the bag greater than the pressure of it's surroundings and the fluid would be forced down the tube.
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    It would certainly lift some of the weight off if the surgeon's shoulders...
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