Surgical robots offer incredible opportunities to provide better healthcare to billions of people and help the medical care systems to cope with the ever-increasing demands.
FREMONT, CA: At the simplest level, surgeons can view data, videos, simulations and real-time interactions applicable to a case. At an advanced level, it also creates the infrastructure needed for an AIto offer a real-time warning, guidance and advice during a process.
AI-delivered advice will be derived by machine-learning algorithms from several previous cases and stored in the cloud for access when needed. For instance, a visual overlay inside the surgical space can indicate where the critical blood vessels are lying and what the current operating plane, with AI suggesting that the surgeon can steer and clear those areas. It can also show how thousands of previous successful surgeons crossed the anatomy, and where they took action. The robot can be aware of the specific tools that are loaded into the robotic arms and might suggest previously successful alternatives.
AI and several other software capabilities from the partnerships cannot stand alone without foundation. This Surgical Android system can be licensed by multiple robotics manufacturers who don't need to create costly software from scratch but can utilize the skills, debugging and certifications of a commercialized software platform.
This will significantly shorten the development and government approval of the software. Beyond AI capabilities, it can also deliver services that are similar to Google's and Apple's app stores, creating a market for third-party software to enhance the skills of the robot as an information processing device.
The surgical robotics future offers much more than mechanized extensions of a surgeon's hands. Robotic software and hardware are the next generations of instruments and tools to improve surgeon skills and patient outcomes, just as technologies like MIS instruments, energy therapies and biologics have done in in the past. Exciting times lie ahead.
More than 5,000 surgical robots were used in more than 1 million procedures worldwide in the last year. The process spanned orthopaedics, urology, general surgery, gynaecology, neurology, and thoracic, otolaryngology. It also spanned across dental implants and hair transplants. Robotic surgery is no longer a technology of the future, and rather it's a powerful and productive technology of today.