Surgeons at the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin have performed the first robotic assisted liver and lung resection in Europe.

The operation last week took four hours and was performed by surgeons Mr John Conneely, Ms Donna Eaton and Mr Jürgen Mulsow using the da Vinci robot.

The procedure was carried out on a man in his early 40s who had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer last year.

The surgery involved the removal of cancerous tissue that had spread to his lungs and liver.

While it is the first time this particular robotic assisted procedure has been carried out in Europe, the hospital has carried out over 2,200 surgeries using the technology over the past seven years.

The use of robot assistance can lead to less invasive and more precise surgeries, which in turn mean the outcomes are generally better for patients and recovery time is shortened.