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World first: Surgical eye robot performs precision-injection in patient with retinal vein occlusion

February 15, 2017

Surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have been the first to operate on a patient with retinal vein occlusion using a surgical robot.

Operated by an eye surgeon, the robot uses a needle of barely 0.03 millimetre to inject a thrombolytic drug into the retinal vein of the patient. KU Leuven developed the robot and needle specifically for this procedure.


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