HOUSTON -- From the movies to home theaters and now the operating room -- surgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital are using 3D technology to see like they've never seen before while operating.
"It defines the tissues very precisely, says Houston Methodist colon surgeon, Dr. Eric Haas. "It allows us to do other parts of the procedure that would be extremely challenging."
The 3D glasses are used to look at TV monitors that project 3D images from an HD scope inside the body.
Dr. Haas is the only surgeon in Houston doing the procedure, and he says patients suffering with colon cancer or Crohn's disease recover faster, return to daily activities quicker, experience less pain and smaller scars.
Patients are often in and out of the hospital within two days.
Not long ago, traditional open surgery had a six to eight week recovery time that was standard for patients undergoing a colorectal procedure.