Robots have been used in the past for surgeries on larger organs but now in some hospitals in UK, eye surgeries are being performed with the help of robots. This is part of a trial funded by NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.
The robotic device, developed by a Dutch company, reportedly acts as a ‘mechanical hand with seven independent computer-controlled motors’ and helps eliminate the risk of unwanted tremors as surgeons can use a ‘joystick’ to control movements.
“It is still early days, but we hope this milestone brings us closer to our eventual goal of using robotic surgery to deliver gene therapy and stem cell treatments for currently incurable retinal diseases,” MacLaren added after performing the second surgery, where he injected a drug in the eye of a patient by using the device.
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