Robot lends a hand in the operating room

June 23, 2011

The treatments are being called a breakthrough.

Doctors call the robot DaVinci. They say it gives cancer patients shorter stays in the hospital and better chance to beat the disease.

Surgeons say incisions are smaller and heal up much quicker after using the robotic surgical tool.

"It is much more precise...than traditional minimal invasive surgery where you didn't have that precision," said cancer surgeon Dr. Mathew Ninan.

Doctors use controls and a camera on a machine to perform surgery which gives a high definition and a 3-D look inside the patient.

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