Robotics in the Operating Room Gives Surgeons Greater Control, Improves Patient Outcomes
The myth of robots actually performing surgery is finally being dispelled. Robotics systems offer a tool for the surgeon to aid in surgical procedures for greater flexibility, precision and control. Patients benefit from improved medical outcomes and faster recovery times.
Robotic surgery is defined as “any operation that includes an automated piece of equipment or technology.” Clinical robotic surgical systems typically include a camera arm and mechanical arms with the surgical instruments attached. The surgeon controls the arms while seated at a computer console near the operating table to guide the robot. A systems console allows the surgeon to view the procedure on a high definition 3-D screen for a magnified view of the surgical site. If in the rare event complications arise, the surgeon and operating room team can quickly convert to traditional hands-on procedures. Robotic-assisted surgery gives the surgeon more intricate range of dexterity as the robot arms can move and rotate in ways that a human hand cannot.
Sophisticated robotic systems enable the surgeon to be more precise, enhance surgical vision of the site and assume greater control over delicate procedures than conventional techniques.
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