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Computer games bad for kids? Not according to one Edmond surgeon

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EDMOND, OKLAHOMA -- Operating rooms and robots; you should throw out all the old Dr. show and science fiction pictures you had from your childhood.

The new picture these kids from Cross Timbers Elementary School got was this, the DaVinci Xi Surgical System.

Sara Bell works for Intuitive, the company that makes this machine.

She brought one and a simulator Xi for 5th graders to try on for size.

"Surgery is evolving," says Bell. "This machine has wristed instrumentation in addition to being minimally invasive. So patients will recover a lot faster."

In case you're wondering, this robot is already in use at area hospitals like the OU Medical Center in Edmond.

Dr. Micheal Glass uses it all the time.

"I can go places with this that I can't go with my hands," he says. "And I can see better with this than I can with my own eyes."

The students didn't get much of a turn, just a few seconds.

But the experts could recognize talent already.

They were the kids with good hand eye coordination, which included Yadon Bowman and Landry Klingman.

"What was it like?," asks a school visitor.

"It felt strange," says Yadon. "I wasn't used to seeing it like that."

"But it was really fun," adds Landry.

But talent extended to young gamers who knew exactly what to do with a good control console.

"Some of these kids picked it up quite quickly," says Dr. Glass, "which tells me they've been playing a lot of video games, which is great."

It might take another 20 years for a select few of these kids to do actual surgery.

By then the DaVinci Xi might be a museum piece.

But some of the 'mad' gaming skills on display here might just be able to save a life.

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