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.