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Sri Lankan and U.S. doctors pioneer first robot-assisted surgery onboard USNS Mercy

U.S. and Sri Lankan surgeons conducted the first ever robot-assisted surgery aboard the USNS Mercy on May 4.The joint team of multinational surgeons and medical professionals successfully completed a cholecystectomy, or gall bladder removal, on a Sri Lankan citizen using a Da Vinci XI Robotic Surgical System. "This landmark surgery advances the boundaries of what is possible through collaboration, skill, and technology," said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Atul Keshap. "We are proud to partner with Sri Lankan medical professionals on this ground-breaking achievement for the international medical field.""This was the first time I have ever operated aboard a ship," said Dr. Vyramuthu Varanitharan, a general surgeon at Base Hospital Muttur. …………….Please Log in or Subscribe to view full details…..

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