Clinicians at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital are using robots in surgeries, as part of a trial funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

The robotic device they are using, developed by a Dutch company, reportedly acts as a ‘mechanical hand with seven independent computer-controlled motors’ and helps eliminate the risk of unwanted tremors - as surgeons can use a ‘joystick’ to control movements.

Meanwhile, figures provided by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, shows the organisation carries out the largest number of robotic operations in the UK per year - nearly 500.

Clinicians involved a recent lung cancer operation were able to control the arms of a robot through touchscreen and a camera attached that displays a 3D image.

“Robotic surgery allows surgeons a larger degree of movement during an operation than conventional keyhole surgery because the robot’s arms have elbows and wrists, whereas traditional keyhole surgery is like operating with chopsticks,” said Tom Routledge, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at Guy’s Hospital.

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