The Alliance of Human And Machine
One key factor regarding Robotic surgery is the person operating the machine. I've looked at most everything in my pod cast episode covering the machine, but the topic of this blog post is an important second part to the main idea. Although it is called a robot, the machine does not operate on its own. Putting someone's life solely in the hands of a machine is not an option. The machines are operated by a surgeon. This is an extremely important and interesting topic branching off of the main idea because despite having to make the machines perfect, we also have to make sure that the operators are perfect as well. After all, lives depend on it. Although distance is not a huge problem in the surgical field, it can still prove to be a costly annoyance in dire situations. Despite the fact that hospital doctors are very skilled at what they do, there are some procedures that are so rare that not any surgeon can perform them. Hemispherectomy for example, is a rare procedure in which half of a person's brain is removed. The amount of skill that is required by a surgeon to perform this surgery is extreme. No regular surgeon can perform this surgery by hand, much less by machine. If a patient is in an area that a specialist cannot reach, a surgical robot can be used to perform surgery no matter the distance between patient and surgeon. According to an article called Transatlantic Robot-Assisted Telesurgery by renowned Doctor Jacques Marescaux, transatlantic surgery is possible through robotics. This is a huge step forward in the medical field because now, no matter where in the world a person goes, they will always be able to have access to the right medical treatment should they require it. Transatlanitc surgery is great for mankind, and it will definitely prove to be valuable in the future, but without the skill of our doctors, there will be no point of transatlantic surgery. We have the machine, we just need to learn it like the back of our hands.
Marescaux, Jacques, et al. "Transatlantic robot-assisted telesurgery." Nature 413.6854 (2001): 379-380.