Critical care doctor Peter Weinstock shows how surgical teams are using a blend of Hollywood special effects and 3D printing to create amazingly lifelike reproductions of real patients — so they can practice risky surgeries ahead of time. Think: "Operate twice, cut once." Glimpse the future of surgery in this forward-thinking talk.

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Original article was first presented on TED.com. This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxNatick, an independent event. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page.