Bionic Sphincter


A NOTW classic from December 2009: A 55-year-old British man whose bowel was ruptured in a nearly catastrophic traffic accident has been fitted with a bionic sphincter that opens and closes with a remote controller. Ged Galvin had endured 13 surgeries in a 13-week hospital stay and had grown frustrated using a colostomy bag until Royal London Hospital surgeon Norman Williams proposed the imaginative operation. Williams, who was interviewed along with Galvin for a November 2009 feature in London's Daily Mail, wrapped a muscle transplanted from Galvin's leg around the sphincter and attached electrodes to tighten or loosen its grip.

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