Test-driving a surgical robot at a Duluth hospital

Julius Salinas (left) tries his hand at operating a da Vinci surgical robot (foreground) during an open house at St. Luke’s hospital on Monday, while nurse manager Barbara Boettcher learns more about the device from Josh Lowe, area sales manager with Intuitive Surgical. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Julius Salinas (left) tries his hand at operating a da Vinci surgical robot (foreground) during an open house at St. Luke’s hospital on Monday, while nurse manager Barbara Boettcher learns more about the device from Josh Lowe, area sales manager with Intuitive Surgical. The monitor in the upper left gives a two-dimensional view of what Salinas saw at the surgeon console, which gives its operator a 3-D view of the surgical site. “I could sit and do this all day,” Salinas said later. “That is cool. That is the best video game there is.” In addition to giving people a chance to test-drive a surgical robot, Monday’s event taught about robotic-assisted surgeries. Such surgeries often permit less invasive procedures, which allow patients to recover quicker. St. Luke’s bought a surgical robot in 2011. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Source: Duluthnews

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