World''s First Robotic Surgery Performed by British Doctors

by Hannah Punitha on  August 24, 2008 at 4:33 PM Research News   - G J E 4
 World''s First Robotic Surgery Performed by British Doctors
A group of British medical experts have carried out the world''s first operation using a robot to repair a condition that kills 7,000 people a year.

The condition, called an abdominal aortic aneurysm, involves a key artery that pumps blood around the body from the heart weakening and swelling and can go undetected until the section bursts, which is often fatal.

The team at St Mary''s Hospital in central London, have carried out the first operation to repair an aneurysm using a 400,000 pounds worth robot.

The new technique will reduce the operating time, add extra precision and allow more complex cases to be attempted.

If extended across the whole country the robotic repair would mean an extra 10,000 to 20,000 patients could have their aneuryms treated, reports Telegraph.

The operation can involve opening the stomach and manually replacing the ballooned section of blood vessel but this can be dangerous and 5 per cent of patients die within a month afterwards.

In the operation, Dr Mo Hamady, Consultant Interventional Radiologist, used a monitor and joystick to control a robotic arm attached to the tube with a sensor on the end.

Using x-ray images constantly taken of the patient, the ends of the stents can be joined exactly.

The team also included Miss Celia Riga, Vascular Fellow and Robotics Vascular Research Lead, Mr Colin Bicknell, Vascular Surgeon and Professor Nick Cheshire, Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Clinical Programme Director of Circulation Sciences and Renal Medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs St Mary''s Hospital.

Source: ANI

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I am a seventy-five year old male with a 5cm aorta anneurysm. I've been told I am too old for the regular surgery and a stent would not work for me. Can you image that what this surgery can do will never be available for me? Let's hope the investment will be made to save more people or at least give some people the hope they do not have at the present time.
slarsit Sunday, August 24, 2008

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