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Enter Robo-Surgeon

Posted September 20, 2006 7:10 AM
Pathfinder Tags: hospitals military surgery

Skilled surgeons are not always available to the patients who need their services, particularly in battlefield situations. The military is now testing a remotely-operated robot that could perform surgery in the back of an armored vehicle. The robot has two arms and clamps to the rails of an operating table. The concept, reports New Scientist, also shows big promise for small hospitals.

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Re: Enter Robo-Surgeon

09/21/2006 6:58 AM

Forgive me for not volunteering to be the first patient.

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09/21/2006 1:52 PM

Just saw a segment on the news regarding this subject. Surgical robots have some huge advantages in some types of surgery. They're easier to clean and can be sterilized. There's no hand tremor transmitted to the patient. They'll operate through very small openings compared to an opening size that would admit 2 or 3 human hands. Presently, the surgeon is in the next room and the patient is pre-examined by the surgeon performing the operation. Eventually one surgeon may be able to operate on patients at multiple locations, however.

But I'm not volunteering to be the second patient, yet!

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