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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Robots successfully removed lung tumors

Two high-tech operations that use robots were successfully performed in Singapore that marked a first in Southeast Asia.

The removal of lobes of lungs, or lobectomies, which uses robots enabled surgeons to successfully remove early stage lung tumors from two patients.

The state-of-the-art operation have been carried out with success at the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) since August.

Four small keyhole incisions, measuring between 1cm and 4cm, were made on the side of the body.
Probes were inserted into the incisions to remove the mass.

In the past, the probes were held manually by the surgeon that limited the maneuverability of the instrument to the range of motion of the human hand.

Robots used to remove tumours


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