SADM #89 Mar/Abr 2020
Robotic assisted surgery is, in many ways, the future of medicine, offering the incredible potential to perform complex medical procedures with a level of precision that humans alone would never be able to achieve.
“I compare robotic surgery to flying,” described Dr. Eduardo Parra-Davila, MD, a Colorectal and General Surgeon at Good Samaritan Medical Center. “If you have the choice to fly in a plane that has the latest technology, including better instruments that make your flight safer, would you choose a flight without it?”.
With the daVinci surgical robot’s improved visualization and increased dexterity, this mechanized extension of a surgeon’s hands allows doctors to access remote parts of the body that the human arm would never be able to access. Plus, with the use of high-definition 3D cameras, surgeons get a closer look at the anatomy then they ever could with open surgery. On top of that, robotic surgery is much quicker than standard surgery, and the small incision size causes less pain and post-op complications. As a result, robotic surgery tends to mean shorter hospital stays, minimal scarring, less pain and a quicker recovery.
Today, robot-assisted surgery is becoming the norm for many surgical procedures. Last year, surgical robots were used in more than 1 million procedures worldwide. Common procedure types included: orthopedics, urology, general surgery, gynecology, neurology, thoracic, otolaryngology, bariatric, rectal and colon, multiple oncologies – even dental implants and hair transplants were accomplished with robotic surgical procedures.
“If the procedures are done well, there is no downside to robotic surgery,” said Parra.
The technology that’s in place today is only the beginning of the story. One of the most exciting areas of robotic surgery is the use of Artificial Intelligence. This incredible technology could provide surgeons with access to a vast library of information, including everything from data to surgical simulations, animations to real-time interactions with the world’s top surgeons in any given specialty.
“In the next five years, Artificial Intelligence will be commonly used, resulting in an even lower complication rate. One exciting up-and-coming technology involves the use of GPS-guided surgery. While this is currently being used for some orthopedic and neuro procedures, next it should be available for gynecology, urology and general surgeries,” said Dr. Parra.
For more information or to find a surgeon who specializes in robotic assisted surgery, please visit goodsamaritanmc.com
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