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In less than two weeks, Dr. William Melvin will perform the first general surgery procedure at Ohio State University with a robot assisting in the procedure.
OSU is wasting little time putting the da Vinci Surgical System device to use after the Food and Drug Administration approved its use July 11. The robot will participate in surgeries to remove gall bladders and make heartburn corrections and in other abdominal procedures.
Ohio State University is one of five locations in the world to use the $900,000 device. OSU purchased it last September for use for open-heart surgery clinical trials. The FDA hasn't approved its use in open-heart surgery.