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Robotic Vasectomy Reversal

ABC.36,  July 29, 2010
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Reversing a vasectomy is delicate work. Now, compared to conventional methods, some doctors say robotic technology allows them to do the procedure quicker and brings sperm back quicker afterwards.

Sijo Parekattil, M.D., Microsurgeon with the University of Florida in Gainesville, is using a surgical robot for vasectomy reversals. The robot enables the surgeon to sit at a console while using high-powered magnification and cameras for viewing and robotic arms to manipulate surgical instruments. The robotic arms eliminate tremor from the surgeon’s hands, allowing precise, fine-tuned movement. In addition, there is less fatigue for the surgeon since he sits at a console rather than standing over the patient.

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