In recent years, the United States has made great strides in the advancement of technology; as our technology improves, we are able to achieve much more in varied fields such as construction, education and medicine. From fun, state-of-the-art home entertainment systems to vital, life-saving hospital equipment, we’re at an impressive point in technological innovation. For instance, Robotic Surgery.
Robotic surgery is one such modern marvel that is changing how surgeons are able to treat their patients; and John F. Kennedy Medical Center of Edison is one of the hospitals utilizing this innovation.
Maybe We can Trust the Robots, After All
Michael Lasser, MD, Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at JFK Medical Center, sat down for a segment of Life & Living with Joanna Gagis to discuss how robotic surgery has completely transformed the surgery process for doctors and their patients.
Patients often assume that with robotic surgery, a robot is performing the majority of the operation, Gagis suggests; however, Lasser says that is actually not the case.
“There’s no autonomous function to the robot whatsoever,” Lasser states.
The futuristic machine solely operates by the direction of the surgeons, and it has significantly aided the work of doctors as well as the recovery of patients.
“Now we have the robot, which has allowed us to convert certain complex surgeries from an open surgery to a minimally invasive approach,” says Lasser. “So now we can take these patients who would’ve had to have a large incision and stay in a hospital for a long time with more pain [and] convert them to a minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, approach.”
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