Robot surgeon performs operation

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

The robot called Da Vinci, is remotely controlled and will help patients with certain types of cancer.

The £2m robot is operated remotely by a surgeon a few feet away who controls the cutting blades through a high definition 3D microscope.

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

Surgeons at the Hospital in Newcastle say they will use Da Vinci to do all sorts of different operations including heart surgery.

In France robots like this are already used in 50 hospitals.

A french surgeon came to help the doctors in Newcastle he said: "This robotic assistance increases the level of technique and the quality of surgery."

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