The fist-sized robot has been developed by Nebraska-based Virtual Incision Corporation and researchers from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Once inside the body, the robot would inflate the patient's abdominal cavity with an inert gas to create room to work, a report in New Scientist said. Two arms tipped with multiple tools can perforate gastric ulcers, cauterise and suture wounds or perform emergency appendectomies, the report added.

A human operator would control the robot using a device that has a monitor and a foot pedal. The robot would make its first zero-gravity test on parabolic flights in the coming months, Virtual Incision informed.

Virtual Incision is a pioneer the field of 'in vivo robot-assisted surgery' with its development of the VIC surgical system.


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