(08/28/2008 7:55 )
a robot has for the first time removed a kidney with only a single incision.
using the da vinci surgical robot from intuitive surgical inc. (sunnyvale, calif.), the henry ford hospital (detroit) recently removed a diseased kidney using a new procedure designed by its surgeon, craig roger. the procedure, which has now been performed on two patients, proving a concept which could enable engineers to design special one-incision surgical tools for performing other types of surgery. the “holy grail” is reducing “open heart” surgery to a single, non-invasive, procedure requiring only a single small incision.