If you don't succeed, try and try again. Unless you are a surgeon. But this is all about to change, using nothing but pixels and data. Touch Surgery's cofounders, Dr. Jean Nehme and Dr. Andre Chow, are young surgeons who taught themselves how to code. Now, they're on a mission to transform medicine – by digitalizing it.
Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci Surgical Systems are computer-assisted systems that help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery by controlling the device sitting at a console. With the help of this system, human error during surgeries can be minimized. Since the surgeries are minimally invasive in nature, the device helps reduce surgical complications and makes the post-operative recovery process simpler and quicker. The advantages associated with minimally invasive surgery are likely to lure more patients to opt for such procedures over traditional open surgery. Additionally, we expect the ease and benefits to surgeons to drive demand for these devices.
Dr. Sudhir Srivastava, a global expert in robot-assisted cardiac surgery, noticed a problem in his field. The global surgical robotics market is booming, set to reach $12.6 billion by 2025, according a recent Research and Markets report. The Da Vinci Surgical System alone has been used to treat more than three million patients. But like everything else in healthcare, access is hardly well-distributed. Wealthy patients get robot-wielding surgeons, poor patients do not.
Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) started with a very simple plan. That is, to make surgery less invasive with surgical robots. For laypeople in 1995, the concept was science fiction. At the time, researchers at the Stanford Research Institute had been kicking around the idea for years. That's because the U.S. Army had hired them in the late '80s to make remote battlefield surgery feasible.