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State-of-the-art robot helps with heart surgeries at York hospital

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New technology at Wellspan's York Hospital is helping to save lives, one heart patient at a time.

A state-of-the-art robot is helping to install stents in patients that have partial or complete blockage in arteries. A doctor controls the machine remotely, allowing exact blockage measurements and more precise stents and balloons.

It's the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and only one of ten in the country.

Doctors think the future of this technology is even brighter.

"You need a PlayStation level but we are still at the Atari television stage," explained Dr. William Nicholson, an interventional cardiologist. "But, I think the day will come when it will be as good as the operator and I think that's what's exciting for us is that we have access to the latest technology."

With the technology most patients have been able to have a stent put in and leave the hospital that day. Doctors have used the machine in about 80 cases so far.

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