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First All-Robot Surgery Completed

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The world’s first all-robot surgery and anesthesia was successfully completed last week at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

The DaVinci surgical robot allows surgeons to work from remote locations, while the McSleepy robot has been administering anesthesia since 2008. This is the first surgery on which the two robots collaborated.

Human interaction is still required, with surgeons operating robot arms from a workstation equipped with 3-D, high-definition images.

“Obviously, there is still some work needed to perfect the all robotic approach – from technical aspects to space requirements for the robots,” said Dr. TM Hemmerling of McGill University and MUHC’s Department of Anesthesia. He added using the McSleepy robot meant anesthesia could be exactly configured exactly, ensuring consistency.

“Whereas robots have been used in surgery for quite some time, anesthesia has finally caught up,” he added. “Robots will not replace doctors, but help them to perform to the highest standards.”

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