6abc reports on a clinical trial at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, in which a surgical robot is used in a new treatment for sleep apnea.
Dr. Erica Thaler says traditional surgery for sleep apnea removes the tonsils, uvula and part of the soft palate. Until now getting to this additional deep area wasn't possible.
It is now with the daVinci robot.
"It's basically opened up a whole new area of surgery that wasn't doable before," Dr. Thaler says.
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