Robotic Surgery - A Milestone in Modern Day HealthCare

The health care industry is a rapidly changing one and the advancements in digital technology has transformed the way we measure blood sugar and pressure, body temperatures and a lot more. Every day, there has been a new technological discovery from the patient’s bed side to operating theaters helping in touching the lives of patients and the medical staffs as well.

Apart from all these good stuffs, it’s tough to keep track on what’s going on in healthcare? Who is the quality and economic healthcare service provider? Will there be an impact in the health as a result of the care? However one thing has been pretty clear that technological innovation is changing the healthcare scenario. The notable rise in the increase in usage of Smartphones has enabled patients receive health care tips in their home comfortably rather than being in the hospital.  In the area of diagnostics, technology for providing low-cost diagnostics services on a large scale in emerging economies are already being developed. Advanced sensors are enabling people to be monitored anywhere and anytime. These flexible factors help in driving innovation and changing the game of health care being delivered today.

Though there are infinite numbers of health care technology advancements to talk about, let’s have a look at one of the trending topics in healthcare nowadays.

Robotic Surgery:

The Wiki Definition says Robotic surgery, computer-assisted surgery, and robotically-assisted surgery are terms for technological developments that use robotic systems to aid in surgical procedures. Robotically-assisted surgery was developed to overcome the limitations of minimally-invasive surgery and to enhance the capabilities of surgeons performing open surgery. Let me put it in simple words as well. Robotic surgery is the process of using robots in performing surgery.

Most of the surgeries require more than a dozen medical staffs in the room. As with all the technological advancements, robotic surgery eliminates the need for additional personnel other than the ones who majorly oversee the surgery. Taking a look into the future, a robotic surgery may require only one surgeon, one or two nurses and an anesthesiologist. The doctor sits either inside or outside the operation theater with a telemanipulator (A remote device which allows the surgeon to perform the surgery related normal movements while the arms of robot carry out those similar movements with the help of end-affectors) or a computer console (which controls the surgical robot) to accomplish the operation, which once took a group of 10-12 people to perform.

Other than being cost efficient, robotic surgery has many advantages over the traditional surgery techniques including reduced trauma and enhanced precision to the patient. For eg.  A traditional heart bypass surgery needs a patient’s chest to be cracked by way of close to 40 centimeters long incision. Whereas with the help of robotic surgery, it is possible to operate the heart by making 4-5 incisions about 1CM in length because the surgeon is taking smaller precisions here instead of the longer ones. In this case, the patient experiences less bleeding and trauma. Lesser the pain and hence faster the recovery.

While robotic surgeries have some advantages over the traditional surgical procedures, the day where robots operate on people without intervention of human beings, is still a dream. However with the help of advancements in artificial intelligence and pioneers in the healthcare field, there might of a discovery of robot which could locate the abnormalities in human body and correct them without human intervention, soon.

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