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10.20.20
Scary Surgery

Watch a Surgery Robot Operate on a Jack-o’-Lantern

__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Robots & Machines
Courtesy of WBTV

Carving Pumpkins

Halloween came early at Atrium Health, a hospital in North Carolina.

A team of surgeons from Charlotte, North Carolina have demonstrated new robotic surgeon technology by carving a jack-o’-lantern, according to local news station WBTV. The team treated the seeds inside the pumpkin as tumors and carefully excised them one by one.

The robot surgeon wasn’t de-seeding the pumpkin autonomously — human surgeons were in full control of the robot’s movement throughout the procedure.

Spooky Surgery

There are numerous advantages to having a robot perform surgeries instead of a human surgeon.

“It’s much more accurate, takes away the tremors, you can suture with much thinner sutures, as thin as a human hair,” General Surgeon Vedra Augenstein told WBTV.

“The patient would have to have very large incisions and wound complications, and take a lot of pain medicine,” she added. “So what we’re trying to do here is minimize all of that and get patients home sooner with much small incisions.”

Let’s just hope the pumpkin will be able to afford the procedure.

READ MORE: Atrium Health surgeons demonstrate use of robots in surgery on jack-o-lantern [WBTV]

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