Robotic surgery is a revolutionary step towards improving surgical procedures. It has been in practice for more than 2 decades. But its real value was unlocked with the recent advancements in technology. With convalescing times significantly minimized, infections reduced, and shortened hospital stays, the popularity of minimally invasive surgery propelled.
Following this, technology envisioned the usage of surgical robots to provide extended capabilities to human surgeons beyond the limitations of conventional laparoscopy.
Fact:The first documented robotic surgery was performed in 1985 by the Puma 560, where neurological biopsies were undertaken, with utmost precision.
Robotic or Robot-Assisted surgery enables doctors to perform complex procedures with flexibility, precision, and control when compared to conventional techniques. Typically associated with minimally invasive surgery, tiny incisions in the body are carried out through which miniaturized instruments are inserted. The surgeon visualizes the affected and incised area through a highly magnified 3-D camera and controls the robotic arms through a console to accomplish the surgery. The technique may also be used in combination with laparoscopic and some open surgeries as well, to enhance visualization and accuracy.
Quickly adopted by hospitals across the United States and Europe, India is fast becoming a leading medical destination as robotic surgery makes its way into our continents.
How does it work?
Robotic surgery is best understood when you compare it with a control button in a video game. Just as it translates your commands, or movements to perform certain activities on the game console, so does the robot sense the surgeon’s hand movements to perform complex surgery.
The surgeon manipulates the instruments with the help of master control and the surgical system responds to the direction provided to it.
So, basically, there’s ONLY a robot operating on me!
Simply put the answer is NO. Most people are concerned with the idea that only a robot is working on them. Robotic surgery involves a system that facilitates precision and allows the surgeon to make the most delicate motions while controlling the machine. The robot is not left to perform the surgery on its own. Definitely, it lacks the human ability to think and reason. It can only respond to the surgeon’s commands.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery has myriad benefits. While it directly helps the patient experience shorter recovery times, the surgeons have better visualization and superior surgical outcomes.
- Quicker recovery times
- Shortened stay in the hospital
- Minimized infection rates
- Less blood loss
- Faster return to daily tasks
At LIFELINE HOSPITALS
CMR is the world’s first universal surgical robotic system, that is easy to adopt, and enables surgeons to perform intricate minimally invasive surgeries with absolute precision. The surgical robot is portable, easy to set up, ergonomic, and comes with enhanced options for dexterity. The modular machine comes with a unique wrist design, instruments as small as 5 mm, and collaborative robotic arms, the CMR provides better visualization of the surgical field and even allows surgeons to choose their ergonomic positions to proffer the best results.