Surgeons have the gall to operate across the Atlantic

Surgeons in New York remove the gall bladder of a woman in hospital in Strasbourg, with the aid of a robot.

SPIS MedWire(MedWire@sciencenow.com)
Sep 19, 2001

In the first example of intercontinental surgery, surgeons Jacques Marescaux and Michel Gagner from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York performed a gallbladder operation on a patient in France by remote control, it was announced at a press conference yesterday (19 September 2001). Code-named Operation Lindbergh, after the pilot of the first solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927, the procedure is the first complete operation to be performed by telesurgery.

The team used 'virtual scalpels' linked to a computer in New York to control the movements of a robot called Zeus in the operating theatre of Strasbourg Civil Hospital, 4,300 miles, away to remove the gallbladder of Madeleine Schall.

Electronic commands and video footage were sent down a fibre-optic network, which crossed the Atlantic in about 155 milliseconds, to replicate precisely the hand movements of Jacques Marescaux and Michel Gagner, who were working at a computer console in.

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