Video Of The Week - Watch A (Robotic) Surgeon Stitch Back A Grape Skin

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Intuitive Surgical's Single Site allows doctors to operate without making huge incisions (Credit: DaVici Surgery)

Human-controlled robot "surgeons" have been assisting doctors in operating rooms since 2000. However, the Single Site "wristed needle driver" that was created by Intuitive Surgical takes robotic precision to a whole new level. That's because its flexible "wrist" allows the instrument tip to move up to 45 degrees in all directions, enabling doctors to operate on organs like the uterus, without making large incisions that result in unsightly scars.

The surgical robot could even restitch a grape skin (Credit: DaVinci Surgery)

To demonstrate the wristed needle driver's surgical prowess, the company recently released a video of the robot re-stitching fractions of a centimeter thick grape skin, back onto the fruit. To showcase how small the incision would have to be during a real surgery, the procedure was performed through the narrow mouth of a bottle. While the robot is indeed talented, the video does not show the "brains" behind the successful surgery - the human doctor controlling it!

Resources: fastcompany.com, dailymail.co.uk

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  • dancergirl20
    dancergirl20Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 12:18 pm
    Wow!!!!!!! that is so cool that now they can make robots to do surgery!!!!! it was so impressive that the robot stitched a grape next up human!
    • goodvibesonly09
      goodvibesonly09Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 12:49 pm
      Ok if I had to have surgery I would not want a ROBOT doing it like what if it goes haywire? It might mess up and that could be scary and unsafe! 😨👎 I just don't think I would feel safe a robot doing it! 🤔🤷‍♀️
      • wolfieland
        wolfielandFriday, July 10, 2020 at 8:14 am
        ok wow
        • midnightwolf130
          midnightwolf130Monday, June 8, 2020 at 11:24 am
          Wow that robot can stitch better than me!! Lol🤣😂
          • tomadohi-155184378690
            tomadohi-155184378690Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 12:43 am
            really cool!!!!!!
            • JennyTuesday, June 11, 2019 at 11:21 am
              it so cool it real
              • bagyxufafebyzo
                bagyxufafebyzoSaturday, May 18, 2019 at 4:52 am
                so relaxing but in a weird way 😂
                • sherlynThursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:36 am
                  it looks like a heart not a grape
                  • iloveunicorns64Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:12 am
                    it looks like a heart not a grape 👌🤷‍♂️
                    • carlyWednesday, March 20, 2019 at 11:23 am
                      ok it was lit right