Surgeons perform first robotic liver transplant in U.S.

Adeel Khan operates a surgical robot. Khan and a team in St. Louis recently performed the first robotic liver transplant in the U.S. [Image courtesy of Katie Gertler/Washington University]

Surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis said they recently completed the first robotic liver transplant in the U.S.

The team successfully performed the transplant in May utilizing minimally invasive robotic surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. According to the university’s website, the smaller incision results in less pain and faster recoveries. Meanwhile, the precision capabilities of surgical robotics enabled the team to perform “one of the most challenging abdominal procedures.”

According to the university, the 60-year-old man who received the transplant had liver cancer and cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C. He is currently doing well and has resumed normal, daily activities.…

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