In many science fiction media, robots perform a wide variety of tasks, preparing food, police work, comic relief, and medical procedures.
According to The Surgery Clinic, the first records of robotic surgery, performed in the real world, occurred in the 1980s. Specifically, the first surgical robot, the PUMA 560, has been used to perform a brain biopsy. This procedure was performed in 1985 as robotics began to be applied to reduce movement due to hand tremors.
In 1988, PROBOT, developed at Imperial College London, was used to make several repeated incisions during transurethral prostate surgery.
Fast forward to 2010, and the Da Vinci Surgical System has become the most widely used robotic surgery device. One of the highlights occurred in August 2010 when Edwards Hospital used the da Vinci surgical system to exfoliate the skin of grapes. Soon a video of the procedure appeared on the Internet. But, this was evidence that delicate and complex procedures can now be performed with the help of a robot.
Sheridan Memorial Hospital owns the Da Vinci Surgical System and uses the robot as another tool to assist in performing complex surgeries.
Sheridan Memorial Hospital Chief Holly Zajic, Big Horn Surgical Surgeon, Dr. Joshua Scott, appeared on Sheridan Media’s Pulse of the Year to talk about the da Vinci Surgical System.
Zajec told listeners that not only was the purchase of this costly robot worth the money in terms of the best possible care through advances in technology, but it also served as a recruiting tool while attracting some of the brightest minds in the field of surgery and introducing new technologies and tools to the surgeons already serving Sheridan.
Sheridan’s countryman, Scott, is trained in and uses the Da Vinci surgical system. He sees the robot as another tool that could be used as one option to find the best solution for patients facing certain surgical procedures. Dr. Scott reassured the listeners that the robot is only a tool that allows for precision. The Da Vinci Surgical System does not use any kind of artificial intelligence.
As an advanced form of laparoscopy, using the da Vinci surgical system offers many benefits, such as minimal invasiveness – which means less pain, a shorter hospital stay, reduced recovery times, and significantly reduced scarring.
Although this advanced system can be used for a wide variety of procedures, it is not a panacea for all patients with surgical needs. Currently, the procedures the robotic surgical team uses most often include hernia repair, gallbladder removal, prostate biopsy and removal, oophorectomy, hysterectomy, and endometriosis.
Although they have been assisting surgeons since the mid-1980s, the future heralds robots to assist surgeons. For now, Dr. Scott is happy to use the da Vinci surgical system as another tool in his box to help him save and improve patients’ lives.
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