First da Vinci surgical robot in mid-Missouri arrives at Columbia Regional Hospital

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 | 6:13 p.m. CDT; updated 11:10 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — At a demonstration Wednesday at Columbia Regional Hospital, a tiny robotic clip grasped a rubber band about the size of those used in orthodontic braces. Slowly and precisely, the robot moved the rubber band to a different area of the viewing screen.