Russia conducts first robot-assisted surgery

Russia has conducted its first ever surgery with the help of a robot.

Updated: May 29, 2010, 12:29 PM IST

Moscow: Russia has conducted its first ever surgery with the help of a robot, which doctors said has expanded surgical capabilities to "space technology" levels.

The robot`s thin manipulator arms, which can rotate at 360-degree angles, assisted in a high-precision liver surgery. Instead of incisions, the robot makes tiny punctures on the abdominal wall, which would ensure faster post-surgery recovery, doctors said.

"The patient started walking the very next day after surgery and stopped taking medications on the third day," Andrei Fedotov, head of the Vishnevsky Surgery Institute`s science-and-technology department, said.

He said the robotic surgeon had expanded surgical capabilities virtually to "space technology" levels.

The robot is a mini-revolution, as it can perform many complicated operations, including stomach and pancreas surgery, other institute officials said.

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