The popularity of robot-assisted procedures is growing as technology advances, and that means less patient discomfort and more precise and efficient procedures. Read on to find out about some of the most interesting recent advances of robotics in the medical field.
STAR (Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot)
The ability to minimize highly invasive procedures, which often leave big scars, require lengthy recovery times and cause great pain and discomfort is maybe the biggest driving factor behind robotic advances in surgery. Robots help surgeons design minimally invasive procedures, turning surgeries that once required hours of work and huge incisions into relatively small and simple processes.
This isn’t to say robots can operate as of yet, but recent developments like STAR are upgrading the options provided by self-propelled medical robotics. This smart robot illuminates its surroundings using lighting akin to infrared and designs a 3D model of the environment using a strategy called “plenoptic imaging”. A few cameras’ viewpoints are used in the process.
The STAR is very good at accurate instrument control, getting into every nook and crevice using an intricate robotic arm. It’s great at adding suture on fake human and living animal tissue.
RGA (Renaissance Guidance System)
Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance guidance system is a complex surgical solution for spinal surgery. RGA offers a direct, customized blueprint for the surgical process, which increases accuracy, results in faster recovery times, and lowers complication rates.
Renaissance technology is being used by hospitals worldwide regularly even today. It helps with procedures like biopsies, spinal fusion, spinal fractures, and scoliosis surgery.
This technology minimizes soft tissue damage by guiding an operator’s hand with minimal X-rays. It is frequently used to treat spinal deformity, broken vertebrae, and general spinal weaknesses. It guides surgical tools for full accuracy during implantation procedures.
The accuracy of Renaissance technology helps treat spinal compression fractures with highly positive outcomes. It can pinpoint the exact location where bone cement should be injected.
Miniature Surgical Helper
Virtual Incision Corp created a tiny robot that helps surgeons carry out minimally invasive colon resections, which is perfect for people with colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis. The first successful human resection by the robot was in the spring of 2016. The surgical robot can be completely inserted into the abdomen of a patient with just a tiny incision. It uses existing tools and techniques that surgeons are already familiar with and doesn’t require a dedicated operating room, making it much more affordable than many alternative solutions involving robotic surgery.
It seems the future of advanced surgical solutions is here. Robotic surgical tools have come to help surgeons do their jobs.