How Technological Advances Can Impact Surgical Procedure

How Technological Advances Can Impact Surgical Procedure

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, October 18, 2021

Over the next two decades, surgery will undergo dramatic changes, and the most considerable influence is anticipated to come from technological advancements.

FREMONT, CA: Surgical robots, artificial intelligence, three-dimensional printing, and new imaging approaches are already transforming the way surgical care is delivered and will continue to do so. Advances in genetics, regenerative medicine, and cell-based therapies may pave the way for previously unimaginable illness prediction and treatment methods.

Robot-assisted surgery to perform an increasing number of operations

Robot-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that can help reduce performance variance between hospitals, enhance access to traditionally difficult-to-reach areas of the body, and improve operation accuracy and precision.

Additionally, it decreases risk for patients by magnifying pictures and eliminating the fulcrum effect, resulting in fewer wound infections and shorter hospital stays following surgery.

The paper forecasts the development of new, improved surgical robots over the next two decades and their increased use in more hospitals for a broader range of treatments. Concerns concerning unanticipated mechanical faults and training, on the other hand, will need to be addressed.

3D bioprinting has the potential to reduce transplant-related problems significantly

3D bioprinting of organs and tissues is projected to play a significant role in surgery during the next two decades. 3D bioprinting is a technique that includes laying living cells on top of one another to generate artificial living tissue. Because it causes tissues and organs from the patient's cells, it eliminates the possibility of rejection and the requirement for lifelong immunosuppressive therapy.

3D bioprinted organs may also eventually result in a shift away from the animal and human subjects in drug studies and aid in the development of personalized medicine.

Artificial intelligence will improve the precision of diagnosis and therapy

AI systems can rapidly analyze massive volumes of data, identify anomalies, and provide actionable insights. According to surveys, the public is receptive to artificial intelligence to expedite and improve the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment.

Additional future applications of AI include reducing surgical errors, streamlining the administrative side of surgery, such as scheduling procedures and requesting equipment, and monitoring patients both pre-and postoperatively.

AR and VR for effective training and remote expert support

AR and VR are now being utilized for training the next generation of surgeons and practice procedures on patient-specific simulations; this will become more prevalent as hospitals invest in specialty suites.

Additionally, augmented reality and virtual reality will be used to connect unskilled surgeons with specialized surgeons who can assist with intricate procedures remotely. This is critical for the dissemination of knowledge and the uniformity of surgical outcomes across the country.

Beyond training, surgeons can utilize augmented reality to overlay data and pictures on a patient's body to aid effective outcomes.

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