Evolving Into Robotics
The first successful minimally invasive surgery was a technological marvel at that time. Since then, this surgical technique has been the gold standard for procedures worldwide. Doctors can access and treat conditions using small incisions and high-powered scopes. Now, the process has taken another step forward with robotics. Robotic-assisted surgery allows the surgeon to control a unique mechanical arm with surgical tools at the end from an external console. This technological wonder has made minimally invasive surgery even more effective.
Types of robotic surgery
Doctors use robotic surgery with great success in many different procedures. The device often comes with software that allows surgeons to plan and program the machine specific to the patient. This simple step helps with complex surgeries involving the abdomen, brain, heart, lungs, prostate, and much more. Robotics also make minimally invasive surgery more effective for procedures like joint replacements. For example, studies show that robotic joint replacements have a high success and satisfaction rate. What makes robotic-assisted surgery a fantastic option?
Increased surgeon precision
The robotic arm is a powerful tool but does not replace the surgeon. Instead, the surgeon guides the robotic arms using a console to perform the procedure. The components are programmed to make precise cuts and changes, increasing the surgeon's accuracy. For patients, this means smaller or fewer post-operative scars. Additionally, robotic devices are easy to use and can help inexperienced surgeons improve accuracy and success rates.
Faster surgery and recovery
With minimally invasive surgery, the final incisions still depend on the surgeon's expertise. However, a robotic arm improves the accuracy of the surgeon. In some cases, the surgeon does not need to make an incision at all. Furthermore, since the surgical process is pre-planned, the patient saves time in the hospital. This translates to a faster recovery as there is typically less pain, blood loss, and infections.
Is the future robotic?
Robotics continues to integrate into all sectors, and medicine is no exception. Robotic arms are simply tools to help the surgeon, like a scalpel or scope used in minimally invasive surgery. With the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI), surgeons may become even more hands-off in the future. However, the medical team will still be present to manage the machine and any complications that arise. With time, more robots will be in operating rooms, making minimally invasive surgery more effective.