05 Jul '11, 11pm

Robot cuts surgery time for stomach cancer patients in trial

Robot cuts surgery time for stomach cancer patients in trial

SINGAPORE: It cuts surgery time for stomach cancer patients to 17 minutes from eight hours, does away with the need for hospitalisation and allows patients to undergo surgery without having to bear scars. Called MASTER (Master and Slave Transluminal Endoscopic Robot), the new procedure was jointly developed by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University Hospital (NUH) after six years of research. Three patients from India were the first to benefit from the flexible endoscopy technology - possibly a world-first to be performed on stomach cancer patients, said Singapore doctors. The procedure uses a flexible endoscope or tube with small robotic arms inserted through the mouth, with the surgeon monitoring on a computer screen. Using joystick and buttons, the surgeon controls the robotic arms to remove the cancerous tumour in the stomach. The robotic...

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