Da Vinci robot practices removing tumour using grape skin

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In the world of surgery, operations are becoming less and less invasive and thanks to the latest technology it will become less intrusive in the future. This is thanks to the da Vinci surgery system which makes use of small robotic devices which surgeons can control. The latest technology has been tested to reattach part of the skin of a grape in an operation that was very delicate.


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Recently the da Vinci surgery system has been used to help surgeons in operations including removal of gall bladders and hysterectomies. The robotic devices were filmed as the tiny robotic hands were guided by a surgeon suturing the skin of the grape back together.


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The robot has miniature instruments that surgeons can guide and they are able to perform tasks that are complicated, including tying knots and the perfect placement of skin onto a grape while simultaneously stitching.


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What makes the operation even more remarkable was the fact that the robotic instruments were used inside a small bottle. Bear in mind also that the skin of the grape is just fractions of a centimetre in thickness.

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Surgeons can use the robotic instruments inside the body of the patient through keyhole surgery so that they don’t have to create a big incision that may leave scars on the body.

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The Da Vinci robot allows the surgeon to look at a video in 3D of the region that is being operated on, on a large console. Procedures can be completed with a surgical hole that is less than two centimetres.


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Grapes are usually less than one inch in length and have fragile skins. Despite this fact the robotic instruments left the grape in almost perfect condition when the final stitch was tied up. The instrument is also able to fold a small piece of paper into a paper airplane.

The Da Vinci system can cost up to $2 million and the annual service costs is more than $100,000. Check it out in the video below:

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