Health Watch - Technology: Robot Surgery

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about technology and how it improves life for patients. Advanced technology can help make surgery easier for both doctors and patients.

Surgery for bladder cancer used to require a major abdominal incision, big enough for the surgeon’s hands to get through. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center recently used a surgical robot to remove a patient’s cancerous bladder, with only a small incision that allowed for a quick recovery.

Dr. Yair Lotan, the UT Southwestern urologist who performed the surgery, says the robot allows surgeons to reach areas they might not be able to reach otherwise. The robot requires only a small incision because its instruments are far smaller than a surgeon’s hands. A mini camera inserted through the incision allows the surgeon to guide the robot with joy-stick-like controls. The smaller incision means less pain for the patient, as well as a shorter recovery period and less blood loss.

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March 2010


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