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Robotic surgery. Da Vinci robot surgeon (upper centre) being used to remove a patient's prostate gland. This remote controlled surgical system, developed and produced by the US company Intuitive Surgical, has four robotic arms that carry tools specific to the operation and other more general surgical implements for procedures such as suturing (stitching) and clamping. The specially trained surgeon operates the system from an ergonomically designed console (not shown) using remote joysticks with force-feedback.
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