Also known as Smart Bandage, HealStrip, Corrector and Active-Dressing

Smart Bandage
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The Surgicon bonds with traumatised tissue and extends healing fibres into the affected area

An ancient and highly versatile medical/augmentation technology, also known as a HealStrip, Corrector and Active-Dressing. Specific configurations vary across time, cultures and clades but the fundamental design of surgicons has remained largely the same. In appearance a surgicon is a firm but flexible square patch, typically a few centimetres thick with different major dimensions based on need (a typical human baseline surgicon measures ten centimetres on a side, two centimetres thick). One surface acts as an interface with a screen that can be used to read data and input commands; wireless transceivers are also common for DNI control. The opposing side is highly textured, consisting of many fractal folds akin to a mammalian brain or B. oleracea. The interior of a surgicon is similar to that of an omnitool; it features a dense three-dimensional weave of smart matter fibrils (ranging in diameter from nano- to millimetres) within which is packed a plethora of medical equipment, mattercache stores, fab-nodes and computronium.

This range of material alongside medical protocols refined over millennia allows surgicons to treat a wide array of conditions, though specialist versions excel in their area over generalists. In operation a surgicon is placed over a wound or, if the damage is internal, upon the surface at the closest point. Its active side immediately adheres to the patient and the patch alters shape, flowing over the area in need of treatment. Analysis tools such as ultrasound, THz scanners, optical detectors and chemical sensors provide a diagnosis (this process can be accelerated with docbot/expert supervision). Once a treatment plan is computed the surgicon infiltrates the body with its smart fibres, taking care to cause as little tissue damage as possible and nullifying any pain with nerve-blockers. With its penetrating fibres and stores of equipment a surgicon can perform a huge range of procedures, including: knit lacerated tissue, digest necrotic flesh, lay down regenerative scaffolds, reset bone, bypass damaged areas (including whole organs) and supply the lost function itself whilst repairs take place (may require linking to support machinery), release diagnostic nanites for whole body analysis, synthesise anti-infection/cancer/senescence agents (chemical or bionanotechnological), infuse pre-programmed medicytes, install implants, re-arrange neural networks and perform cosmetic biosculpting.

For all their versatility surgicons are limited by the availability of their internal equipment, power and material stores. It is not uncommon, particularly in cases of cosmetic augmentaton, for a surgicon to require an attached feedline that can supply new material and drain waste. In emergency cases or other scenarios where speed is required more specialised tools with larger support equipment (i.e. an autodoc) outperform surgicons. Faster than purely medicyte based technology (such as medisystems, N-FAKs and omnimed) but more convenient than a full autodoc, surgicons occupy the broad middle ground of Terragen medical technology.

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Text by Ryan B
Initially published on 13 January 2017.