Even though we are aware of many technological advances in the medical field, robots performing surgery might still seem like sci-fi. But many doctors, surgeons and other healthcare professionals advocate a robotic approach to surgery because it’s safer for their patients.
Robotic surgery is used for different types of cancers, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, gynecology and pediatrics. A state-of-the-art surgical system like the da Vinci system typically consists of a surgeon’s console, a patient cart with four robotic arms, HD 3-D vision and high-performance instrumentation. Mini linear actuators help make the robotic arms do what they are told to do. This is a core issue for bringing robotics into the operating room – they allow the surgeon to perform new, precise procedures previously impossible to execute by hand and eye.
Using a robotic surgical system is less invasive than traditional surgical methods because it allows the surgeon to perform complex procedures without having to make large incisions. This is good for the patient in several ways. It allows a person to return to normal activity quicker. Actual time spent in hospital is generally shorter. There is also less risk of infection and scarring. Robotic surgical procedure can also reduce the risk of blood transfusion. In comparison to traditional surgery, there are fewer complications when a robotic surgical system is used.
Robotics in surgery has many benefits. While not the definitive answer for everyone, robotic surgical applications are being used in most branches of medicine.