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On July 11, 2000, FDA approved the first completely robotic surgery device, the DaVinci surgical system. The FDA recognizes surgical robotics as next-generation, advanced surgical instruments combined with already proven (less-invasive) technology.

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Da Vinci™ is a computer-assisted robotic system that expands a surgeon's capability to operate within the human body in a less invasive way.

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* Prostatectomy (prostate cancer)
* Pyeloplasty (renal pelvis/Kidney)
* Adrenalectomy (adrenal gland/removal)
* Nephrectomy (kidney removal)

* Hysterectomy (uterus removal)
* Vaginal Vault Suspension
* Oophorectomy (ovary removal)
* Total Hysterectomy (uterus & cervix removal)
* Myomectomy (fibroid removal)

* Lung cancer removal
* Thymectomy for myasthenia gravis
* Atrial septal defect repair
* Mitral valve repair (heart valves repairs)
* Coronary artery bypass surgery
* Heart and esopagus tumor removal

* Gastrointestinal & biliary
* Esophageal

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How Does Robotic Surgery Work?

A surgeon, sitting at a console that looks like a jet fighter's instrument panel, peer into a video monitor that shows in three dimensions what is going on at fingers are strapped into two controls, one for each hand, and man and machine are connected. If the surgeon aims fingers down, the robotic clamp tilts down. If the surgeon moves his wrist up and down, The robotic wrist moves up and down. Whole arm movements in the controls move the arms of the robot. A signal goes from the controls, through a computer as powerful as five modern home computers, down a cable to the robotic arms, which hover over the patient

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Robotic Surgery's Benefits for Patients:

Shorter hospital stay
Less pain after the surgery
Lower risk of infection
Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
Less scarring & improved cosmetic healing
Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities

Nimble movements like two robotic hands tying off stitches are all made by the surgeon. Surgeon moves left, the arm moves left. A twist, a turn, all in real time. The video monitor can be zoomed to magnify the view 10 times, and the surgeon’s hand movements can be calibrated so that large real movements translate to tiny robot movements.

Drawback to Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery's one major drawback is that the equipment doesn't supply surgeons with tactile sensation. Feeling the difference between normal tissue and tactile sensation. Also, the equipment is very expensive ranging 950,000 to 1.3 million. Continuous maintenance not included.

Robotics and Long-Distance Telesurgery

Bringing Robotics Technology To The Next Level With Remote Telesurgery. Remote Telesurgery is another capability that will be enabled by robotics technology. Telesurgery is in the future–and not so far away. Robotics is here to stay. However, it will take time for these devices to revolutionize the way surgery is done.

Because robotic instruments and controls are linked electronically via cable or satellite link, a surgeon can operate on patients located in remote areas. In order to perform a remote surgery operation, the system requires two functioning worksites: one for the surgeon, and one for the robotic devices actually operating on the patient. Remote surgery is based on a master-slave robotics model, in which a controller manipulates the robot from a distance by using two joysticks that control the tracking of the robotic devices. The worksite on the patient’s end contains the robotic devices, which perform the surgical procedures. Despite certain difficulties, many experts believe remote surgery will be a reality in a few years.

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Doctors will be forced to consult computers for advice before making any important decisions about treatment, with the risk of being sued for mismanagement if they don't. These diagnostic robots will draw on global research to offer expert opinion, which few doctors will dare to ignore. Medical training will shift from what people know, to getting accurate data on which robots can make decisions, and providing "high-touch" emotional support. Skilled surgeons will always be at a premium, together with hands-on careers who will be increasingly community based, with highly specialized qualifications. Remote surgery will be a regular part of every specialist center’s routine, whether tele-conferencing advice to surgical teams, or actually controlling surgical equipment remotely.


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