Robotic Surgery Becoming a Reality

November 7, 2009

Researchers in Japan published their findings in Ophthalmology in August regarding a prototype vitreoretinal robotic surgical system. There has been success in cardiothoracic surgery in the past few years using robots, and it seems a matter of time before all microsurgery will be aided by robots, as human tremor can be reduced or eliminated using robots. A few cataract surgeons are using high definition 3D displays instead of microscopes, which is ergonomically advantageous (but no clinical advantage, so I doubt widespread adoption by surgeons any time soon).




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