The future of surgery offers an amazing partnership between humans and technology, which could increase the level of precision and efficiency of surgeries so high.
FREMONT, CA: New technologies or new ways of using existing technologies, there’s always something to report in connection to advancements in surgical technology. Over the past years, several new, high-tech products have made their way into healthcare. In the coming years, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality will play significant roles in surgical applications. Based on research, here are the key technologies identified that will majorly impact the future of surgery.
• Robot-Assisted Surgery
Robot-assisted surgery helps surgeons reduce variation in performance between hospitals, allow improved access to traditionally hard to reach parts of the body, and improves accuracy and precision in procedures. Robot assistance also reduces the risk for patients because it can magnify images and eliminate faults, which leads to fewer wound infections and shorter stays in hospitals following a critical surgery. In the coming years, improved surgical robots will play a central role in performing complex surgeries.
Despite concerns about readiness to implement and lack of knowledge outcomes, 3D bioprinting is expected to be key in surgery. 3D bioprinting involves layering cells to eventually create artificial living tissue. Since it creates tissues and organs, it eliminates the likelihood of rejection and the need for life-long immunosuppressive drugs. 3D bio-printed organs will eventually eliminate the need for humans and animals in drug trials and similarly help with developing personalized medicine and treatment.
• Artificial Intelligence
AI analyses massive amounts of data quickly and can identify anomalies and offer useful insights. AI can also speed up and improve the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment. Future uses of AI include minimizing surgical errors, assisting in the administrative side of surgery, including scheduling procedures and requesting equipment, and monitoring patients pre- and post-procedure.
In light of the above trends, it can be clearly stated that the innovations in surgical technology and post-surgical care are sure to continue at a rapid pace.