Surgeons perform transatlantic operation using fibreoptics

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 29 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:713
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Surgeons working in New York have successfully used remotely controlled robots to laparoscopically remove a gall bladder from a 68 year old woman in Strasbourg, France. This is the world's first transoceanic operation on humans that has been conducted over high speed fibreoptic connections (Nature 2001;413:379-80).

    Although robotic surgery is now commonplace in at least 100 hospitals around the world, the successful operation proves the feasibility of using robots to perform operations remotely over long distances. …

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