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May 18, 2006

Robot carries out operation by itself

Topics: Medicine

A robot surgeon has carried out a long-distance heart operation by itself, a first for Italy.

This operation has enabled us to cross a new frontier, said Carlo Pappone, who initiated and monitored the surgery on a PC in Boston, ANSA reported. Pappone is head of Arrhythmia and Cardiac Electrophysiology at Milan`s San Raffaele University.

The 50-minute surgery, which took place in a Milan hospital, was carried out on a 34-year-old patient suffering from atrial fibrillation. Dozens of heart specialists attending an international congress on arrhythmia in Boston also watched.

Pappone has used the robot surgeon in at least 40 operations.

Heart surgery - conducted with a robot, and monitored on a PC by a physician on a different continent. That's medical progress.

Posted by Richard at May 18, 2006 10:36 PM



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