Although it may sound unfeasible, even during an era submerged in technology and its latest innovations, robots are now being used by doctors to help them while performing surgeries.
Marina Del Rey Hospital is one of the first facilities in Los Angeles to use an advanced robotic system to perform surgeries through a single surgical incision. Patients are now placed under a machine where doctors perform surgeries using robotic operations and functions, taking the once traditional surgery produce to a level of technological advancement.
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Traditionally, surgeries like cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal, are done laparoscopically, which is with tiny tools and a scope inserted into small incisions in the belly. With the new da Vinci Si robotic surgery system, procedures can be done through one small incision, usually hidden near the belly button.
The da Vinci Si is a robotic system that provides advanced 3D HD visualization with up to 10x magnification and immerse views of the operative field. The Intuitive motion technology to replicate the experience of an open surgery by using the natural eye-hand-instrument alignment and control using the EndoWrist instrument, which offers dexterity and range of motion greater than any human hand, that are used by doctors during the surgery.
“The da Vinci system is an excellent evolution in surgical technique, and I believe that in time, it will be used in more procedures. The precision and detail enables some surgeries to be done that were not possible even with laparoscopy,” said Dr. Marcus. "The single-site technique, in particular. I think this will revolutionize many patients' experience of surgery.”
Along with technological advancements, the new robotic systems offers health benefits for patients undergoing surgery by reducing the scale of the procedure and turning it into a minimal invasive surgery, like Botox, an aesthetic enhancement procedure. By transforming a major surgery into a small incision, patients are put at lower risks for pain, can experience shorter hospital stays and undergo a faster healing time.
This change in the medical field fosters the beginning of an era where those undergoing surgeries are put at lesser health risk.
“Normal laparoscopy is already very good at minimizing recovery time, pain, and the risk of complications,” said Dr. Marcus. “With da Vinci and single-incision surgery, these advantages are boosted even more. The training for the da Vinci system is very thorough, and it refines the precision, vision, and dexterity of a surgeon skilled in using it.”
Any type of medical advancement that has the potential to save lives is significant to humanity, as well as the industry.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey