17 Nov 2009 jwp9447   » (Apprentice)

Doctors Equip Yorkshire Man With Cyborg Sphincter

Meet Ged Galvin, the Steve Austin of colorectal surgery. After a car crash in which Galvin almost died, surgeons at Royal London Hospital realized they could rebuild his crushed organs. Stronger. Faster. They had the technology to give him a cyborg colon.

"The operation changed my life and gave me back my pride and confidence," Galvin told the Daily Telegraph.

After he spent a short time with a colostomy bag, the doctors surgically removed muscle from Galvin's leg, fashioned it into an ersatz sphincter, and surgically implanted electrodes into the new muscle ring. Doctors then installed the device in Galvin.

Now, Galvin is free from the indignity of a colostomy bag. He controls his functions with a small remote control, about the size of a cell phone, that operates the electrodes. Now he can do his business at his leisure, although the muscles and electrodes will need replacement every five years. "Because of the remote control I can lead a normal life again," Galvin said.

Armed with his new sense of confidence, all Galvin has to do now to steal Steve Austin's crown is fight Sasquatch.

[Daily Telegraph, via Geekologie]

Syndicated 2009-11-17 16:47:08 from Popular Science - robots

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