The Benefits Of Robotics In The Medical Field

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Robotics in the Medical Field

According to the da Vinci Surgery website, 1.5 million surgeries have been completed using the da Vinci System (a commonly used robotic machine in surgery) since 2000 (da Vinci Surgery). Robotics is becoming more prevalent in the medical field, and the use of robotics is yet another way that our medical care is evolving in surgery. The introduction of surgical robots provides benefits for patients, doctors, and hospitals, and advances the current way of medical procedures.

The da Vinci System

The da Vinci system is one of the few robots used to assist a surgeon during an operation. The da Vinci has multiple arms hooked up to a HD video screen, it allows for greater precision and accuracy of the
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According to Michael Matson, an analyst with Mizuho Securities USA in New York, in a telephone interview, “Part of what’s driven this market is people seeking out robotic surgery; hospitals market it and the patients think its better” (Langreth). Businesses, hospitals and companies, are always in competition with each other to see who can receive the most profits, and the bigger paycheck. Hospitals promote this machinery because of the benefits that it can provide for the patients. These benefits include minimal blood loss, reduced risk of infection, less postoperative pain medication, and smaller scars due to the precision of the machinery. Unfortunately, the downside is the cost, which is between 1 million and 2.3 million dollars (The Pros and Cons of Robotic Surgery). In spite of that, the robot still has maximum potential. In fact, “the da Vinci system is the only surgical robot with over a thousand systems installed worldwide.” (Beasley, Texas A&M). Although the cost is high for the installation of these machines, the amount of patients that seek surgeries with the machinery, help to repay the hospital by bringing in more revenue. However, an issue with these high costs is that not all hospitals can afford this machinery. In Indiana, only 14% of hospitals have surgical robots, though they are more prevalent in the greater Indianapolis area. The da Vinci’s high cost is still a barrier for rural hospitals (Messarund, Kharrazi, MacDorman, and McCullouch). Perhaps in the future these prices will lower, making it more affordable to these rural hospitals. Another issue that comes "hand in hand" with this machinery, is the time needed to train surgeons to use the robotics. The training offered to the surgeons by the hospital varies due to budget space and time. All of the desired

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