Robot removes woman's gall bladder


— 12:11 AM on July 13, 2000

Sounds scary, dunnit? It's not quite what you might think, though. Surgeons are now using a robotic surgical system, called da Vinci. The setup allows surgeons to control a robot via joysticks. No word on whether it has force feedback to duplicate that ol' scalpel-slicing-layer-of-flesh feeling. However, this kind of tool has some real benefits:

Over time, he said, da Vinci could make operations involving large incisions virtually obsolete, allowing patients instead to cover their incisions with ``a few Band-Aids.''
Thanks to my buddy Quint for sending us this link from AOL. Why he was on AOL is another, much sadder, story.
 
   
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