Mayo Clinic to try robotic heart surgery
Researchers at Mayo Clinic are expected to conduct a remote cardiac procedure that could be a major breakthrough for rural hospital care. According to the researchers, the blocked artery of a patient will be assisted by robotic devices which will be operated by an off-site doctor. If successful, the trial will pave the way for a future in which the procedure could be performed by doctors from miles away. This would be important for patients in rural areas who may experience worse outcomes if their local hospitals are not prepared to provide emergency cardiac treatment.