March 3rd, 2015
The latest development in the field of medical technology has resulted in the advent of surgical robots. In simple terms, robotic surgery requires a small medical team, including one surgeon, one anesthesiologist, and one nurse, with the doctor sitting at a computer console using the surgical robot to perform operations from a distance.
Being able to perform a surgery from a distance is one of the top advantages of robotic surgery. This allows doctors to perform an operation from a few feet away, as opposed to traditional surgery techniques that required the surgeon to stand over the patient to perform the operation. Given this scenario, it is highly likely that with the development of robotic surgery, it would soon be possible for a doctor to perform a surgery sitting miles away from the patient.
Further, having a few personnel in the operating theater could lower the overall cost of health care and surgical procedures that are too costly for most of the patients. Besides, robotic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that requires making three or four small incisions of about 1 cm in length in the patient’s surgery site, unlike conventional surgery that involved cracking open the affected part of the patient’s body with a long incision of about 1 foot.
Another advantage of robotic surgery is its enhanced precision while also reducing the trauma and pain for the patient. The smaller the incisions the less the pain for the patient. With surgery performed with the help of surgical robots, making small incisions, patients would experience less trauma, pain, and bleeding, ensuring a quick recovery.
Not only this, with robotic assistants, doctors will experience less fatigue and exhaustion than what they would experience in a conventional surgery that can last several hours. Some surgeons even experience hand tremors after hours of a surgical procedure. Contrarily, in a robotic surgery, the majority of the procedure will be performed by the robots, which means less work for the doctor’s hands. Even the steadiest of human hands are unable to match the efficiency of robotic arms.
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