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We live in a world where technology is evolving and advancing faster than we are as humans. Exciting? Definitely. Scary? I think so.
Medical technology has come a long way since the invention of eyeglasses and the stethoscope. Today, in the modern world, doctors and nurses now use handheld devices to record patients' data and instantly update their medical history. For the best part, surgeries can now be done with the aid of robots.
Robotic surgery is performed by surgeons, not robots. But instead of the conventional hand-held tools used in open surgery, robotic surgery allows surgeons to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional techniques.
The surgeon controls the machine’s tools remotely by using joysticks and foot controls while viewing the surgical site through a high-definition monitor that provides a three-dimensional image of the procedure.
Robotic surgery is something that offers so many advantages to patients, when compared to open surgery. In robotic surgery, the robots are quite small. So, smaller incisions will be made, which means that there will be minor damages to the organs when the surgery is taking place, there will be less blood loss, there will be a smaller risk of infection, since the body will be exposed to the atmosphere quite less, and there will be minimal scars.
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On the part of the surgeons, robot-assisted surgery is useful because the robot’s hands are able to bend in any direction to reach areas that are difficult for human hands to reach, allowing for greater precision than the human hand has on its own.
While scientists began exploring the idea of using robotics for surgery around the 1960s, robotics were not actually used during surgical procedures until the 1980s. Since then, robotic surgery has been rapidly adopted by hospitals around the world.
The future of robotic surgery is moving towards more usable, intelligent robotic systems that can perform a greater range of procedures, and will undoubtedly play an important role in the medical field for years to come.
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What do you guys think? Is Robotic surgery a welcome development?
Article Reference: orthobethesda.com; mayoclinic.org; healthline.com
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