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Can Robots Outperform Human Surgeons?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Feb 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

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There is a tendency to believe that the latest technological gizmo is always better than the way we used to do things.  That certainly applies to medicine. In most cases, new breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment really are advancements. But what about surgery? Is so-called robotic surgery truly an improvement?

Not By Robot Alone

Before going any further, it is important to understand what robotic surgery is. Despite the name, human surgeons still perform the procedures. They use a device that does the actual surgical work, i.e., the incision. The surgeons control the robotic device with joysticks and even foot controls. 

Robot Vs. MD: Not Much Difference

The New York Times reported on a study that examined this issue. Per this study, at least, the answer seems to be that surgeons using robotic devices had only marginally better outcomes than the ones doing it by hand. Post-operative complications, for example, were almost identical in both approaches. The long-term outcomes were also nearly identical.

There were some significant differences between robotic and human surgeries. One is that robotic procedures take longer on average. This could be significant because the more time a person spends under anesthesia, the more chances of problems arising. No surprise here, but robotic surgeries cost more.

It's Not Ms. Pac-Man, Doc

Another factor to consider is the age of your surgeon. If she is much older than forty, she probably did not grow up playing video games. Your surgeon may have to

Wait, what?

learn all about the minute movements of a device in her hand while trying to concentrate on taking out your appendix. As the generations that grew up playing video games become surgeons, robotic procedures could become the exclusive method.

As Always Talk To Your Robot, I Mean Doctor

If you need surgery, talk to your doctor to see what she thinks about using a robotic device. Ask how much experience she has with these devices and if she feels more comfortable doing things the old-fashioned way. By skipping the robot, you might have a faster and less expensive surgery.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.

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