Keeping up with technology is an arduous and expensive process. The technology inherent to medicine is no different. However, the nature of this technology is special in that it is often implemented to save a life. One of the latest technologies (as of 1985 with the 1st robot used to assist in a brain biopsy) is robotic surgery. My first introduction to this technology had me a bit skeptical; however after becoming more familiar with its proper use I realized how it can reduce certain risks associated with surgery.
One of the more well-known systems of robotic surgery is the da Vinci surgical system, named after the great Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. This system is controlled by the surgeon and the robot just mimics, filters and translates the hand movements of the surgeon to precisely move the surgical instruments.
The instrumentation of this robot is quite similar in look to many endoscopic surgical apparatuses. Some of the main exceptions that make the da Vinci system different from these apparatuses are in the way that the surgeon controls the instruments, and its overall precision.
Watch the following video highlighting the precision of this robot, in a very fun way!
If you want to learn more about the da Vinci surgical system click here.