Like all everyday miracles of technology, the longer you watch a robot perform surgery on a human being, the more it begins to look like an inevitable natural wonder. Earlier this month I was in an operating theatre at University College Hospital in central London watching a 59-year-old man from Potters Bar having his cancerous prostate gland removed by the four dexterous metal arms of an American-made machine, in what is likely a glimpse of the future of most surgical procedures. The robot was being controlled by Greg Shaw, a consultant urologist and surgeon sitting in the far corner of the room with his head under the black hood of a 3D monitor, like a Victorian wedding photographer. Shaw was directing the arms of the remote surgical tool with a fluid mixture of joystick control and foot-pedal pressure and amplified instruction to his theatre team standing at the patient's side. The surgeon, 43, has performed a thousand of such procedures, which are particularly useful for pelvic operations; those, he says, in which you are otherwise "looking down a deep, dark hole with a flashlight".
Robotic surgery and computer-assisted medicine are already doing amazing things right now -- just look at the da Vinci Surgical System! Are you ready to ditch the hospital and buy a robot surgeon for the home? Let's say you have to have a dangerous surgical procedure. Let us know your decision and why in the comments below! Alright, medical technology is getting weirder by the day.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with more than 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. But help in beating this form of life-threatening disease is coming in an usual form - from robots. A revolutionary form of surgery that uses a state-of-the-art robot to remove tumours has treated more than 350 patients in its first 18 months in a hospital in Wales. A revolutionary form of surgery which uses a state-of-the-art robot to remove tumours has treated more than 350 patients in its first 18 months in a hospital in Wales. Named the da Vinci robot, the equipment is being used three days a week in the University Hospital of Wales, and solely on prostate cancer patients.
DUBAI: When it comes to man versus machine, many industries, including medical science, are at a critical juncture. Advancements in technology are creating a world where robots are performing tasks with speed and efficiency unmatched by their human counterparts. Increasingly, robots are becoming a familiar presence in operating theaters, especially in the Gulf. Experts predict that the region could become the leader in the field of robotic surgery. In June, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) -- the result of a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Johns Hopkins Medicine -- became the first hospital in the Kingdom to perform a robot-assisted hysterectomy.
Robotic surgery sounds like the ultimate in safe, efficient and effective 21st-century health care. Instead of a surgeon's potentially fallible human hand, you have a robot with its precision-built mechanical arms able to perform micro-accurate procedures on tissues deep within the body. With robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a nearby console with a 3D view of the surgical site. If the surgeon's hand develops a tremor, the computer system knows to ignore it. The technology also means surgeons can use finer instruments that cause less damage to the body.