1. Medics at the UAE’s largest hospital have conducted robotic surgery for the first time. The team at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC) performed a pyeloplasty on a young Emirati patient. 2. He had been suffering from a "ureteropelvic junction obstruction" - a blockage of the tube (ureter) that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder. 3. The instruments used in robotic surgery provide surgeons with magnified, 3D high-definition vision, more comfortable use of instruments, and easier access to areas that would’ve been difficult to reach using conventional methods. 4. Robot surgery allows medics to work remotely using very small, precise instruments attached to robotic arms. 5. The operation also marks the launch of a comprehensive robotic surgery program at the hospital, which opened late last year.