05 Jul '11, 9am

Surgery without scars using NTU's robotic fingers

NTU's Associate Professor Louis Phee. Prof Phee and his team developed 'robotic hands' that can perform surgery without resulting in scars. -- PHOTO: A*STAR SINGAPORE scientists have developed a way to do surgery without scars - by getting to the site through the patient's mouth. It is still in the trial stage, but the gadget looks promising. Three patients in India were the first to benefit. They had cancer tumours in their stomach removed within minutes and left the hospital for home the same day. Doctors at India's Asian Institute of Gastroenterology said the robotic fingers developed by Associate Professor Louis Phee and his team at the Nanyang Technological University cut an eight-hour procedure to just 17 minutes. Prof Phee started work on these robotic fingers six years ago - to give Professor Ho Khek Yu of the National University Hospital his dream machine. Prof Ho...

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