Robot used for open-heart surgery | Health Studies Updates |
Surgeons carry out the first ever robotic open-heart operation in Britain at the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

The Da Vinci robot is remotely controlled by surgeons who are given a high definition view of the heart through a sophisticated camera.

Normal heart surgery involves cutting open the breast plate, but the robotic arms are inserted by making cuts between the patient's ribs.

A surgeon is given a 3D, high-definition view of the heart and can move the arms using a control panel.  Each time they move their hand 3mm, the robot arm moves just 1mm.