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More Video Craziness With da Vinci Surgical Robots
Ever wondered just how surgeons (and grad students) train on da Vinci surgical robots?
If you're wondering what the point of these videos are, well, besides being funny, the da Vinci systems (and robotic-assisted surgeries in general) are gaining popularity mostly just because they're cool.
They wanted surgery by a robot, controlled by a physician not necessarily even in the operating room, face buried in a console, working the robot’s arms with remote controls.
And after you've just spent a couple million on your brand new surgical robot, more business is definitely what you're looking for, so putting up YouTube videos showcasing your new medical marvel is definitely a good idea.
Da Vinci Surgical System
The system is commonly used for prostatectomies, and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures. According to the manufacturer, the da Vinci System is called 'da Vinci' in part because Leonardo da Vinci's 'study of human anatomy eventually led to the design of the first known robot in history.' Da Vinci Surgical Systems operate in hospitals worldwide, with an estimated 200,000 surgeries conducted in 2012, most commonly for hysterectomies and prostate removals. As of September 30, 2016, there was an installed base of 3,803 units worldwide – 2,501 in the United States, 644 in Europe, 476 in Asia, and 182 in the rest of the world. The 'Si' version of the system costs on average slightly under US$2 million, in addition to several hundred thousand dollars of annual maintenance fees. The da Vinci system has been criticised for its cost and for a number of issues with its surgical performance.
By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction. For the patient, a da Vinci procedure can offer all the potential benefits of a minimally invasive procedure, including less pain, less blood loss and less need for blood transfusions. Moreover, the da Vinci System can enable a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the da Vinci Surgical System in 2000 for adult and pediatric use in urologic surgical procedures, general laparoscopic surgical procedures, gynecologic laparoscopic surgical procedures, general non-cardiovascular thoracoscopic surgical procedures and thoracoscopically assisted cardiotomy procedures.
The event was considered a milestone of global telesurgery, and was dubbed 'Operation Lindbergh'. Critics of robotic surgery assert that it is difficult for users to learn and that it has not been shown to be more effective than traditional laparoscopic surgery. The da Vinci system uses proprietary software, which cannot be modified by physicians, thereby limiting the freedom to modify the operation system. Furthermore, its $2 million cost places it beyond the reach of many institutions. The manufacturer of the system, Intuitive Surgical, has been criticized for short-cutting FDA approval by a process known as 'premarket notification,' which claims the product is similar to already-approved products.
The da Vinci® Surgical System
Surgical System enables surgeons to perform operations through a few small incisions and features several key features, including:
The da Vinci System is powered by robotic technology that allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.
The camera sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide doctors during surgery.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery offers many benefits to patients compared to open surgery, including: Major advantages for surgeons using robotic surgery include: Robotic surgery is an advanced form of minimally invasive or laparoscopic (small incision) surgery where surgeons use a computer-controlled robot to assist them in certain surgical procedures.
- On Thursday, February 27, 2020
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