Surgical robotics have played a vital role in surgeries and MedTech procedures for almost three decades. Robotic technology is evolving so fast that it is now becoming common practice for surgeons to utilise robotic assistants within hospitals across the globe.
The use of robotic technology and tools has numerous benefits for surgeons. The technology has proven to simplify procedures, and it is proving to make surgical procedures more accurate, which is reducing stress and anxiety in patients prior to their operation.
Advancements in surgical robotics are set to change the way surgeons operate in the future. Below are the three main ways surgical robotics is developing.
1. Guidance systems
The spine is an intricate part of the body and surgeons are performing procedures at great risk when operating in this area. To reduce the risks involved with spinal surgery, Mazor Robotics has recently released the Renaissance Guidance System.
Guidance system technology uses a tailored blueprint system which is proving to increase spinal surgery precision and expedite the recovery process for the patient. The Renaissance Guidance System is being implemented in hospitals worldwide and is being used to complete spinal fusion, biopsies and scoliosis surgeries.
2. Smart tissue robotics
Surgical robots are becoming even more popular due to the technology’s ability to make surgeries less invasive for the patient. Smart tissue robotic technology is a surgical robot that creates minuscule incisions. Smaller incisions in surgery are showing to speed up recovery time and lessen the risk of infection.
3. Miniature robotics
Virtual Incision Corp has designed a miniature robot that has the capability to make incisions into the colon. The risk of humans performing colonic incision is great for patients as the cuts need to be small and accurate. People suffering from colon cancer, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are experiencing great benefits and a better quality of life after having surgery performed by this automated technology.
Surgical robotics is transforming the way that surgeries are performed and how patients are recovering. Not only is the technology proving to be more accurate than a human performing the same work, but robotic surgeries and robotic tools are safer and less invasive.