Anchor: Pioneering technology at a London
hospital may pave the way for less invasive treatment for patients in the future. In what’s
believed to be a world’s first, surgeons at St. Mary’s in Paddington have used a new type
of robot to repair damaged blood vessels. Tom Wessa [SP] has more. Reporter: Barry Merchant’s on the road to
recovery. Barry: And you’ll keep a close eye on it,
will you? Reporter: Visited by one of his surgeons at
St. Mary’s this morning, this was the pair of them last Thursday. Barry’s the one on
the table. Barry’s the first person in the world to be operated on by this robot, a million
pound piece of kip to help surgeons tackle tricky operations to strengthen arteries. Barry: I didn’t know it would be a robot.
I was quite surprised when he said to me it was the first one in the world as well. They’re
going to try it on me. Poor ‘ole Barry. Reporter: The surgeon sits next door, directing
the robot. Surgeon: The real trick here is to drive into
the blood vessel, through the stint, and then out through the specially formed window, into
say, the kidney vessel. Reporter: Using robots for surgery is nothing
new, but each day it seems a new use is being found for them, new techniques developed. Surgeon: These are rare and complex, relatively
complex operations. Barry: It’s given me a better outlook at life.
I get to my grandchildren and get out with them. Now that I had that done, I’ll get my
hips done and I’ll be hoping I’ll be a new man. Bionic man. News Anchor: Lovely Barry Merchant there.