by Nancy Ryerson
, Staff Writer | May 16, 2013
From the May 2013 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
Improved training and less trauma
Robotic surgery is physically less taxing than traditional surgery techniques, as it’s more ergonomically friendly, but there is a steep learning curve. Patel predicts that there will soon be a greater emphasis on training using simulations that show what it’s like to be behind the robot console to cut down that curve. The Florida Hospital Global Robotics Institute, where Patel works, already has a training center and a list of fundamental procedures for surgeons to pass before ever operating on a patient.
Better training and more precise technology will naturally lead to better surgical results, Patel says. Minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery has already provided patients with shorter recovery times due in part to less blood loss and trauma. In the future, Patel predicts surgeries will be even less invasive, bringing the number of incisions all the way down to zero. “It’s called natural orifice surgery,” he says. “Everything is done inside. That’s something we’re all working towards.”
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