Kids all over the country have played the classic board game Operation, but now a group of students from Sherwood can say they've played it using a piece of cutting edge medical technology.
On Thursday, 28 Sherwood High School students took part in Robot Academy at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin.
They used the da Vinci surgical robot to operate a pair of robotic arms and perform virtual surgery on an Operation game board.
The students then watched video of actual surgeries. The da Vinci robot is being used to perform gynecological, urological, orthopedic and other types of surgeries, allowing for a less invasive procedure, reduced blood loss and speedier recoveries, according to the hospital.
A second robot, the MAKOplasty robot, was also set up for students to learn about orthopedic procedures. The students worked with mock knee bones and practiced replacing a portion of the knee on one of only two MAKO robots in Oregon.
The goal of Robot Academy is to give students the opportunity to learn about how robots are changing the way surgeries are performed, as well as highlighting how medicine, science and technology can come together.
Participation goes toward graduation requirements and hospital workers said it's a great opportunity to expose the students to health and science related careers.
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