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Robot helps perform open heart surgery

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 06 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1696
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    A team of French surgeons has performed six open heart operations by remote control using a computer linked robot.

    The new technique allows surgical treatment of coronary or valvar defects with much smaller incisions than needed for standard interventions, and it is much less traumatic and less painful for the patient than standard methods.

    The surgical robots and a miniaturised camera are introduced into the heart or coronary vessels through a small thoracic opening. Surgeons have an enlarged view of …

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