Updated: May 5, 2020
In the article “Operating Room Advances: 4 Tech Advancements that are Revolutionizing the Surgical World” by Kara Masterson, is about 4 technological advancements in the world of surgery that have made surgery easier and faster.
The first technological advancement are the surgical robots. These robots are showing up in more and more surgical rooms which are performing delicate surgeries. The robotic systems are controlled by surgeons, but because these robots are more stable and can work in small places. Many people think that robots will be able to perform surgeries but under human supervision.
The second advancement are electrosurgical technologies. The electrosurgical tool uses electrical energy to make incisions in order to sterilize the wound. These technological advancements are very useful and are great to have, but they also are proved to produce hazardous by-products; smoke. Smoke evacuation technologies have also been developed to compensate for the smoke. Smoke pencils and other smoke clearing devices are becoming more common in rooms because of how effective they are in clearing these hazards.
Virtual Reality Surgical Planning is the 3rd advancement. The planning period of performing surgery can be very long and labor-intensive. The introduction of virtual reality in surgery has made this process faster and more efficient. The surgeons can use VR technology to look at the patients scan and plan how they ae going to perform the surgery. This technology has proved to be more successful and faster in many cases of surgery because it meant that there was less time planning and more time in the actual operating room.
The final advancement are the precision brain biopsy needles. The hardest and most dangerous procedure in biopsy is the brain biopsy because if one does not exercise extreme caution then they could cause disastrous complications. To perform these dangerous procedures the smart needles were designed. The needles integrate imaging technology in order for the surgeons to see the blood vessels and tissue. If these needles are combined with technology that can recognize blood vessels, they can reduce the risk of vessel damage during the biopsy.
The continuous advancements of different technology used in operating rooms has become more and more widespread in the world. If these technological advancements continue to be improved, they have the potential to save millions of lives in half the time of the traditional way.
-Sai Sathwik Mulam