Tuesday, May 4, 2010

World's first remote heart surgery completed in the UK

If you're going to have heart surgery, would you want your surgeon to be in the same room or somewhere else? The world's first remote heart surgery was completed in the UK.  Here's a snippet from the recent press release:
World first remote heart operation to be carried out in Leicester using robotic arm

Expert at University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital to conduct pioneering treatment

A pioneering world first robotics system operation is to be conducted at Glenfield Hospital Leicester thanks to expertise at the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester.
Dr André Ng, Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester and Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester, is the first person in the world to carry out the operation remotely on patients using this system.

He will use the Catheter Robotics Remote Catheter Manipulation System for the first time in a heart rhythm treatment procedure.

The system is novel because it allows a doctor to carry out a common heart treatment procedure remotely using a robotic arm.
You can read more at Science Daily.

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