One of the biggest pros of technology is how it has been improving the state of medical surgeries and taking it on to a whole new level. These improvements have saved countless lives and previously incurable illnesses as either curable or manageable. Surgeries have been most benefited from the technological advancement in the medical field. It is being said that robots and virtual reality are just the beginning and there are a lot more to come. Some of the major technologies in the medical field right now are:
The incorporation of robots into surgical procedures has been one of the most exciting breakthroughs in recent years. It all started with the Da Vinci surgical robot. It was developed by the American company, Intuitive Surgical. It was FDA approved in 2000. It is designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach and is controlled by a surgeon from a console. More and more operating rooms have been incorporating robots to execute delicate surgeries now. The defining feature about the robots is their higher precision compared to humans. They are still obviously controlled by humans, but thanks to their greater stability and the flexibility to work in small places, they are more precise. Fully automated surgical robots are also on the rise, it might be possible one day as well, though under human supervision.
An electrosurgical tool is a tool which uses electrical energy to perform tasks such as making incisions of burning wounds. Those days are long gone, when all that surgeons had access to is a primitive set of hand tools, stitches and sutures. Today, a surgeon has access to a plethora of complex pieces of electrical equipment. Even though the technology of electrosurgical tools is immensely useful, they produce hazardous byproducts in the form of smoke. To reduce that, and to increase the usage of this technology in surgeries, smoke evacuation techniques have also been developed. For instance, Smoke pencils are quickly becoming a standard tool in every surgery due to its efficacy in eliminating the common environmental hazard.
Virtual Reality Surgical Planning
The planning phase of a surgery is one, not many know about. In the planning phase, surgeons and support staff determine the best methods and approaches for operations on particular patients. This process is usually long and labor-intensive and hence comes virtual reality. The use of Virtual Reality for visualization has improved considerably in the past couple of years. Surgeons now use VR technology with patient imaging scans, to plan the exact route of the surgical process. This type of planning has proved to be faster and successful than the traditional methods, allowing for lower delay times.