Orthopedic Surgery

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New meaning of Surgeon
Imagine you broke your hand and need a surgery in order to restore function to your fingers. If the surgery is successful you will be able to use all of you fingers, if something inaccurate occurs you will lose the feeling in your fingers. Would you prefer a robot or a human to perform your surgery? This will be a question you might ask yourself in the near future. But what if there is a robot being controlled by a human? Right now there are robots already performing surgeries with the help of a human guiding them and there are also surgeons who are receiving help from robots when they perform an operation. Recent breakthroughs in science are giving surgeons that ability to receive help from robots during surgeries,
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Because of certain machines, that have been becoming more useful in hospitals, surgeons can be provided with an extra hand during surgeries that won’t get tired. In Sarah Zhang’s article, “Why An Autonomous Robot Won’t Replace Your Surgeon Anytime Soon”, she provides explanation for surgeons who have used robots to help with their operations. Zhang expounds, “Orthopedic surgeons already use automation to assist with their literally bone-crushing surgeries.” The author makes a clear point that surgeons are using these robots to make their lives a little easier. Having to stand (and possibly) hunched over for 16 hours puts to much pressure on your hips, legs, and joints. Surgeons now can have assistance when performing surgeries thanks to these robots. Eliza Strickland, author of the article, “Would You Trust a Robot Surgeon to Operate on You?”, gives many key points about tasks robots can do for the surgeons. She explains, “Today’s surgical robots extend the surgeon’s capacities; they filter out hand tremors and allow maneuvers that even the best surgeon couldn’t pull off with laparoscopic surgery typical long-handled tools (sometimes dismissively called “chopsticks”). But at the end of the day, the robot is just a fancier tool under direct human control.” Strickland gives the best explanation of what this …show more content…
One thing that is still a big controversy is whether or not surgeons will be fully automated. In Sarah Zhang’s article, “Why An Autonomous Robot Won’t Replace Your Surgeon Anytime Soon”, she provides an explanation about risks that robots have when in the presence of physicians. Zhang expounds, “But the robots are coming—they’re just not coming for any doctors’ jobs yet. To get hospitals to trust robots, their makers have realized, you can’t make doctors obsolete—you have to make them feel like Iron Man.” Zhang makes a clear point that doctors aren’t just going to dissipate if a robot begins to work in the hospital. Surgeons need to feel in charge and they need to have the comfort that they aren’t going to be replaced by robotic arms. Throughout the article Zhang brings up the interest of STAR, (Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot) she describes a scenario between a surgeon and a robot, “ The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot could sew more evenly and consistently than even an experienced surgeon, according the report published in Science Translational Medicine Links to an external site..”. She also adds, “But in this case, STAR was still dependent on a surgeon to make the initial incision, take out the bowel, and line up the pieces before it fired up its autonomous suturing algorithm.” Even though a robot may be more consistent with a certain area that a surgeon doesn’t mean that

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