“For the first time in Spain, robotics has been used in heart surgery on children and teenagers. 

On Monday, doctors from two different hospitals in Barcelona operated using this state-of-the-art technique on two adolescents who suffer from congenital heart disease. 

Up until now, this type of procedure on young patients involved open-heart surgery, which means the surgeon has to make an incision in the subject’s chest.

Robotic heart surgery on the other hand is less invasive, reducing post-operational recovery time and aesthetic impact.

Doctors make small incisions in the patient’s thorax, allowing them to insert a camera into the heart to see the surgical area and which instruments are needed to carry out operations.

Last year, Spanish doctors also lead the way by completing the world’s first lung transplant performed entirely by a robot, which no longer requires breaking the patient’s ribs.”

From Euronews.