"The future of technology is not in blood and guts, but in bits and bites," says Richard Satava, M.D., University of Washington, as the fewer medical attendees catering to the needs of people forces the doctors to look at the other alternatives- the metal-hearted doctors(literally). Appliances like the Da Vinci Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical Systems, Sunnyvale, CA) and the RP-7i Remote Presence medical bot (InTouch Health, Santa Barbara, CA) link patients in want of specific care to their respective physicians seated miles apart.
And the robots do much more than saving time and money. The people backing these bots, profess that The Da Vinci robot renders better output results as coma red to the traditional procedures. It's believed that robotic surgery takes out more cancerous tissue with minimum disruption of adjoining nerve endings than other techniques, reducing chances of cancer recurrence and regaining sexual function.
The most ideal in robotic surgery would be the amalgamation of daVinci-like surgical robots possessing telemedicine technologies which enable the medical hotshots to attend their seekers in faraway locations. Nowadays, robots do lot more than just long-distance operations. They have a huge role to play in the field of patient care. Here's where the RP-7i surfaces. These help bringing the large city knowledge to the small city's doorstep, proving extremely useful in times of emergencies, by linking the doctor control stations wirelessly to the 'endpoint', as the hospital calls it.
With the constant rise in population, and with short supply of medical facilities in the rural areas, it's quite necessary that we have such robotic saviours to look up to.