Russia conducts first robot-assisted surgery

Moscow, May 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti) 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.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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