As technology continues to evolve and change, so must the rest of the essential aspects of life. When technology meets the medical field, we are faced with a fantastic opportunity to see a strong collaboration. Especially in the surgical area, the presence of technology could change how we consider efficiency and precision. When we think about society’s future, will we see surgical robots able to remove blockages independently?
The idea isn’t just meant for the pages of a science fiction novel. Thousands of years ago, in ancient Egypt, we see depictions and proof of doctors doing invasive surgeries. Two years ago, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) teamed up with an American medical company to create a robot that can be put inside a patient’s body that could be used and be controlled remotely by a surgeon.
Surgeons are at the top of the medical chain of command. At the very least, that’s what the general public believed based upon the media. This isn’t a surprise; surgeons have an immense responsibility to the medical community. That will also apply to surgeons learning how to utilize new technologies. As a first step, surgeons will need to familiarize themselves with the latest technologies and how they may affect their positions.
One of the main ways the technological field will evolve is with the presence of surgical robots. The most publically known robot is called the da Vinci Surgical System which was surprisingly introduced fifteen years ago. The system features a magnified 3-dimensional high-definition vision system and is continually being updated and evolved. Tiny wristed instruments can rotate and bend at angles and dimensions way farther than the human body can. The surgeon and his team are entirely in control of the entire system. As technology proves it’s own worth, billions of dollars are being invested in the future of surgical robots, and therefore the future of the medical field itself.