The headline sounds like something from a script for a horror movie! :surprised
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080317093904.htmScienceDaily (Mar. 17, 2008) — On Wednesday, March 12, 2008, surgeons at UC San Diego Medical Center performed what is believed to be the country's first removal of a diseased appendix through the mouth. This clinical trial procedure received approval for a limited number of patients by UC San Diego's Institutional Review Board (IRB) which oversees clinical research.
..."UC San Diego's Center for the Future of Surgery is advancing scarless techniques by investigating, developing, testing, and teaching procedures that will revolutionize the field of surgery," said Horgan, president of the Minimally Invasive Robotics Association and a global leader in scarless procedures.
"Only one small incision to insert a small camera in the belly button was required to complete the surgery versus three incisions required for a laparoscopic procedure," said Horgan. "The patient was discharged 20 hours after surgery and is now reporting minimal pain which is a goal for all of our patients."[continued]