Robotic Arm Used For Heart Surgery

Robotic Arm Used For Heart Surgery

British team has done the impossible; they pioneered a heart surgery with the help of a robot arm. The surgery is first of its kind in the world.

The system was initiated in the heart of the patient to resolve the issue of a short circuit, because the heart was beating too fast. The incident shaped up due to a wire probe, the surgeons at Glenfield Hospital located a piece of conducting tissue which was burned due to the wire.

The process to correct the issue involves the usage of an X-ray to make a thin tube creep to the heart through the veins from the groin. This kind of surgery involves the presence of the surgeon all the time next to the bed of the patient which is covered by X-rays with the help of a bulky lead apron.

The robot permits the conduct of the operation remotely from a separate room. The operation allows and requires fine movements which lead to the accurate treatment of the tissue. The operation was conducted on a 70-year-old man from Burton-upon-Trent.

Dr Andre Ng, Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester and Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester said, “The new Robotic procedure is an important step forward because, while some procedures are straightforward, others can take several hours”