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Robot surgeon first for hospital

19 July 2012 Last updated at 21:48 BST

A robot "surgeon" has removed a cancer patient's prostate for the first time at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

Da Vinci, the £2m robot, is operated remotely by a surgeon a few feet away who manipulates the cutting blades via a high definition microscope.

Da Vinci's hands can get into smaller spaces than human hands, reducing complications and speeding up recovery times.