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5.7.13 – How medical technology, including the use of key-hole surgery and prostheses, is enabling those with injuries and disabilities to participate in sports

Key-hole surgery is a technique which allows doctors to conduct surgery with the minimum possible damage to the patient. The surgeon makes a small incision (a “key-hole”) and uses a fibre-optic camera to view the damaged area. If required, the surgeon can make a second incision and use a number of small, remote operated tools to repair the damage. Because the incisions are small and only the damaged area is targeted, the patient recovers quickly. There is also less chance of infection.

Unfortunately, the procedure requires a high degree of training, expensive equipment and can only be used on certain types of surgery.

Prosthetics allow people with amputations to participate in many activities, including sports.