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Robotic open-heart surgery performed at New Cross Hospital

23rd October 2012

A robot costing £1 million has been used to carry out the first ever robotic open heart surgery in Britain.

The Da Vinci robot was used to operate on Natalie Jones, who suffers from a hole in her heart, at the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. The robot uses a camera to give doctors a 3D picture of the heart and instruments are inserted using very small cuts between the ribs, meaning patients have less chance of getting an infection. Consultant cardiac surgeon Moninder Bhabra, who carried out the surgery, said: "We are very proud to have performed Britain's first open-heart surgery using the robot."

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