This medical video looks into the technological advancement of a micro needle that is so small and precise can help cut recovery time with spine patients.
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Jennifer Matthews: These well-wishes are reminders of a time Ricky Barker would rather forget. Ricky Barker: I was going across the street, thought I could beat the car, apparently, and I was wrong. Jennifer Matthews: The car hit Ricky, severing his skull from his spine. Three years later, Ricky can only use one arm to play his video games but knows it could have been much worse. He credits his doctor and this microneedle for saving his life. Dr. Kim Manwaring: Here is a child whose spine attachments had been severed. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Kim Manwaring created the microneedle and used it to perform Ricky's surgery. The needle uses electric currents to cut the skin and the area around nerves. It stops bleeding without scarring deep tissue and causing more damage. Dr. Kim Manwaring: We had far less blood loss and less tissue injury, and the healing process for Ricky, therefore, was optimized. Jennifer Matthews: The high-frequency needle is so small a ball point pen looks gigantic beside it. The tip of it is actually the size of one molecule. Compare that to the bigger, more conventional tool, which is not at precise and burns deeper into the tissue. Dr. Kim Manwaring: Ricky is a great reward to me and a milestone in my life. Jennifer Matthews: Because of Doctor Manwaring's invention, Ricky recovered faster and was able to walk sooner. Ricky Barker: The best moment of my whole hospital experience was being able to walk, period. Jennifer Matthews: And now Ricky is moving on with his life. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.