Monday, December 18, 2006 8:00:00 AM PDT | VentureDeal Staff
-- A surgeon at the Albany Medical Center
performed the first robotic surgery in New
York state by operating on a woman needing a gastric
bypass in order to lose weight.
Gastric bypass reduces the size of the stomach b creating a small pouch in the
upper part of the stomach. The pouch bypasses part of the small
intestine, resulting in the patient feeling fuller after eating.
The operation entailed doctors standing at a separate console, which received
video from small instruments placed in the patient’s abdomen, and performing
the operation remotely.
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