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February 20, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Robotic Surgeries: The Wave of the Future?

By Claire Franklin More Blogs by This Author

My best friend had a hysterectomy when she was just 26 years old. The medical reasons for this procedure were many, as she’d had “female troubles” for a number of years. And it’s nothing less than a miracle that she had the surgery, because the procedure revealed to her gynecologist that she had cancer throughout her cervix. “The cancer was just waiting to burst,” my friend told me after receiving the news.

Her story in and of itself is noteworthy, but one aspect of it is particularly interesting for females of all ages everywhere: her procedure was performed robotically, with her doctor operating the controls from a center in the operating room.

The Benefits of Robotics

In this scenario, at least two surgeons are in the room (one operating the robot and another standing at the patient’s side) accompanied by various assistants and nurses.

My friend was home within 12 hours of her surgery, including prep time, procedure and recovery. She ate a full meal shortly after waking from her anesthesia and even went into work the next day – this was done against doctor’s orders, and she didn’t feel strong enough to go, but the point is she was able to do so. She made a full recovery in nearly no time at all and didn’t experience many of the symptoms that go hand-in-hand with surgery: intense pain, fatigue, and overall weakness. She attributes this to the robotic procedure she had because it was so much less invasive than traditional doctor-performed surgeries.

You Pay for What You Get

Health care providers at Loma Linda University in California share my friend’s sentiments about robotic surgery. They state that a large incision was historically required for a hysterectomy that meant the patient was going to be in a great deal of pain for a significant amount of time. Now, with this new technology, many patients are able to leave the hospital the day after surgery and are back to their normal daily routine with 2 to 4 weeks!

One thing is for certain: my best friend is very grateful for the type of procedure she had, and she is more than grateful to have her good health restored since the hysterectomy.

References:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/02/20/costlier-robotic-surgery-on-rise-for-hysterectomies/

http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/lauren-streicher-md/robot-assisted-hysterectomy-better-hysterectomy

http://lomalindarobotics.org/our-services/gynecologic-robotic-surgery/after-surgery/index.html

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1 Comment

  • A lot of what I've been seeing on the science channel is pointing this way. Right now their are devices that operate with signals from our mind. I've even seen a show that covered digital telepathy. You have to have a sensor implanted into your mind, but this is coming. Robotic in surgery is cool, but the future may hold robotics becoming a part of us.

    The growth rate of technology is exponential so who knows what we'll have in 10 years time.

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