PacSci Perspectives

New Exhibit On Surgery To Display At
 Pacific Science Center

by | May 18, 2017

Surgery + Innovation = A Better Way to Operate Opens June 10

SEATTLE, WA (May 18, 2017) – Surgeons heal diseases and repair injuries by cutting, reshaping, and stitching the body. However, modern innovations in surgery are allowing surgical teams to repair and heal with less trauma to patients. Our latest exhibition, Surgery + Innovation = A Better Way to Operate, explores these innovations. The exhibit runs June 10 through December 3, 2017.

Guests will explore advances in surgical training, patient empowerment, and surgical methods that are improving patient outcomes and, in some cases, may lead to a future where ailments that previously required surgery no longer do.

Discover how research teams here in the Northwest are making realistic simulations of human body parts to help surgeons develop critical skills. How’s your manual dexterity? In the exhibit, practice training to do minimally invasive surgery like surgeons do by using pinchers to move blocks within a box. Learn how empowering patients to make lifestyle changes before surgery and to monitor themselves with their smart phones after surgery leads to better outcomes. Examine surgical tools and activate a step-by-step simulation of a procedure that fixes a damaged blood vessel by threading tools through the body instead of creating an incision. Explore current research being conducted right in our backyard at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Surgery + Innovation = A Better Way to Operate will be showcased in The Studio, located in the Wellbody Academy. The Studio is a changing exhibit space showcasing the work of local scientists through a combination of digital media, graphics, objects, interactive displays, and live programs. Exhibits change twice a year. Entry into The Studio is included with Pacific Science Center admission. More information can be obtained at


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Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle. The institution’s mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Pacific Science Center’s award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on the Pacific Science Center campus and at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.