Da Vinci Surgical Robots: 5 Reasons Why Robots are Here to Stay
The Da Vinci surgical robot system was FDA approved in 2000. Since then, this robotic surgery platform has become widespread. Thousands of surgeries are performed with the Da Vinci system every year. So what makes it so special?
#1 Precision: This robot can skin (and put back together) a grape!
The Da Vinci system is more accurate and precise than the steadiest of surgeons. The robotic arms on the mounted system are extremely accurate, allowing surgeons to operate on a micro level. The many arms on the system also allows the robot to do multiple tasks at once.
#2 Complexity: With two arms and ten fingers, surgeons are physically limited. Robots have no such issue!
The Da Vinci robotic surgery system uses multiple arms with different attachments to do several tasks all at once. This allows one surgeon to do much more with less help. Some of the attachments (such as an internal camera!) allow surgeons to do surgery from within the body.
#3 Better Results: The Da Vinci system allows surgeons to work from the inside. This reduces how much trauma the body undergoes in a surgery.
When surgeons do surgery on a micro level, they can sometimes conduct the surgery from within the body. This involves setting up the robot with internal camera arms and special internal surgery tools. After cutting a few small holes into the body, the entire surgery can be completed without having to “open up” the body.
#4 Flexibility: Arms and tools on surgical robots can be swapped and exchanged. This allows one robot to preform tasks all over the body.
Robots are expensive, so they should be able to do a lot. The Da Vinci system of robotic surgery allows for a wide variety of surgical tools to be mounted onto the robotic arms.
#5 Sanitation: People are dirty. Robots? Not so much.
People are dirty. Despite strict sanitation regulations and very careful surgeons, having people stick their hands in you isn’t the most sanitary thing. (Even if those hands are gloved!)
Robotic arms can be made out of special self sanitizing materials that ensure that no pathogens get inside of a patient as they are being operated on. This cuts down on the amount of infections that patients get post surgery.