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Queen's to let public test new surgical robots

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Queen's Medical Center announced today that it is inviting the public to come out and test drive Hawaii's first surgical robots.

The "Roving Robot Tour" will be held at the Queen's Medical Center and at various Oahu shopping centers from April 6 – 13, 2012. The hospital is especially encouraging groups like high school robotics teams to attend.

During the events, attendees can check out a hands-on (but not on humans) demonstration of the robots, and learn how the machines are used for some minimally invasive surgical procedures. The use of robots helps result in fewer complications and post-surgical recovery times. The robots are primarily used in prostate and urological surgeries, hysterectomy and other gynecologic surgeries, heart valve repair and heart bypass, lung surgeries, gastrointestinal and esophageal surgeries and surgical weight loss operations.

According to the hospital, attendees will also be able to participate in a "Virtual Surgery" and "Name the Robot" contest. Queen's surgeons and nurses who use this robotic technology will also be on hand.

The dates of the "Roving Robot Tour" are as follows:

WHEN:      Friday, April 6: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., QMC Harkness Foyer & Conference Room

                  Saturday, April 7: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., QMC Harkness Foyer & Conference Room

                  Monday, April 9: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Windward Mall

                  Wednesday, April 11: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Pearlridge Center

                  Friday, April 13: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kahala Mall

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