Cutting-edge 5G robot aids gastric cancer surgery for patients.

February 29, 2024
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  • Gastric cancer is prevalent globally, with China having a significant burden of cases.
  • A team of researchers from China conducted the first robot-assisted remote radical distal gastrectomy using 5G communication technology.

Global statistics show that gastric cancer ranks fifth among the most common malignancies and accounts for the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. China carries a substantial portion of these cases, highlighting the critical need for innovative solutions in the field, particularly in regions with limited access to diagnostic and treatment resources. In a recent study published in the KeAi journal Intelligent Surgery, researchers in China reported on the pioneering use of 5G communication technology in robot-assisted gastrectomy. This innovative procedure was performed on a 51-year-old patient diagnosed with stage T2N0M0 gastric cancer, utilizing the Tuomai four-arm laparoscopic robotic surgery system. Notable outcomes included minimal intraoperative delays and no packet loss, indicating the potential of 5G technology to enhance remote surgical procedures. The patient recovered quickly without complications, validating the safety and efficacy of the approach. This study signifies a significant advancement in the application of telemedicine for gastric cancer treatment and lays a solid foundation for future developments in the field.

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