A surgeon sits at the console of the Da Vinci surgical robot (file picture, November 2014 ) in Villejuif, Paris
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Robot-assisted surgery gains ground

Robot-assisted surgery is increasingly common in UK hospitals.

There are now 45 Da Vinci robots in England and Wales - machines that allow surgeons to operate remotely using very small, precise instruments attached to robotic arms.

In the first in a series of special reports on some of the year's most significant medical breakthroughs, the BBC's Victoria Gill went to see a robot-assisted operation at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

  • 29 Dec 2014
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