The Use Cases Of Robotic Technology for Urology
By MedTech Outlook | Monday, April 08, 2019
FREMONT, CA: Robotics technology has become an ideal ally for surgeons as it underpins surgeries using minimally invasive procedures rather than complex open surgeries. Many practitioners around the globe have started embracing robotics technology for the precise and efficient outcomes that these technology tools offer for the patients.
Robotic technology allows surgeons to perform various surgeries like prostate, bladder and kidney removal, appendectomies, cardiac valve repairs, knee replacements, and spinal surgeries efficiently and with high precision using minimally invasive robotic tools. Many urologists have also started using robotic tools as a standard approach for several different procedures, especially in oncological cases. Here are a few use cases of Robotics technology in urology:
Robotic Prostatectomy: A robotic prostatectomy has shown immense success in areas like nerve sparing and erectile function preserving. The use of this procedure reduces the amount of blood loss and scaring in the operating procedures.
Robotic Cystectomy with Intracorporeal Diversions: A robotic cystectomy with intracorporeal diversions enables the surgeons to perform surgeries with lesser patient complications and inconveniences than the extracorporeal diversions. Robotic tools allow the doctors to implement various intracorporal diversions, such as neobladders and ileal conduits after the removal of the bladder, which ensures the successful flow of urine.
Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: The traditional processes of nephrectomy causes massive blood loss, longer operating times and increase the length of hospital stay for a patient. The Robotic Partial Nephrectomy offers retroperitoneal robotic access, which is a safer and more direct route as the kidneys are located in the retroperitoneal space behind the abdominal cavity.
Surgeons across the globe have started acknowledging the efficiency of robotic systems for various operating procedures. However, many surgeons who have been using the traditional approaches of open or laparoscopic methods think that the robotic processes need some more advancement as it does not provide haptic feedback. Many healthcare research companies are involving surgeons, engineers, and neuroscientists to develop robotic systems that can offer effective tactile, or cutaneous feedback.