Learn More About Robotic Assisted Surgery

Cleveland Clinic has an interesting video that functions somewhat like an advertorial on their robotic assisted surgery. The method helps surgeons with visualizations in surgery, because its camera can magnify the field of vision times ten. But if that makes a patient squeamish and worried that a robot doesn’t have the finesse of a surgeon, know this: the robot doesn’t actually move on its own, but is guided by the surgeon’s hands, translating the doctor’s movement into its own movement in order to complete the surgery. The process is used most frequently with mitral valve repair. One major benefit of robotic assisted surgery is that using the robot allows surgeons to enter the patient’s chest through smaller incisions between their ribs, rather than cutting the sternum open. Doctors who use the robot say it results in less pain for the patient and a faster recovery time.

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