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Seattle Children's Hospital is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its pediatric robotics program. Since its inception in 2006, Children's has grown to become recognized as a worldwide leader in pediatric robotic surgery and research. At the centerpiece of its program are two components that set it apart from the rest: several of the industry's top-ranking surgeons and nurses; and the da Vinci robot surgical system, which helps the team perform robot-assisted laparoscopy, a type of minimally invasive surgery. The five-year milestone was celebrated with a surprise birthday party for the hospital's da Vinci robot, thrown by the other devices in the operating room. The robot, recently named Blinky the Surgeonator by Seattle Children's patients, received gifts of WD-40 and a silver-plated robot cake at the party.
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