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Luton and Dunstable Hospital surgeon uses new robot

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Luton and Dunstable Hospital surgeon uses new robot

A surgeon has demonstrated a robot used in medical procedures and described operating it “like flying a plane”.

The specialist weight loss clinic at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital is using the “da Vinci Xi” for the first time.

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“You have to use your hands, eyes and feet to use all the controls. It does take a little bit of getting used to,” said weight loss lead, Doug Whitelaw.

According to the NHS, the number of bariatric surgeries last year was below pre-pandemic levels and it is hoped that using the robot could speed things up.

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