Many aspects of robotic surgery have evolved since the first surgery occurred in 1992 – from its training and practice, to its everyday application and execution in the OR. Differing areas of expertise exist in robotic surgery, ranging from ear, nose and throat to gynecological and prostate procedures, with most doctors specializing in one particular area.
While robotic surgeries boast small incisions, less scarring and faster recovery times, the procedures themselves are often still a few hours long, on a case-by-case basis. Below are several aspects of robotic surgery the average person may not be aware of:
- Surgeons work from a computer console in the operating room, directing instruments connected to robotic arms that make incisions and perform surgery on the patient.
- They look through a 3-D camera attached to a fourth robotic arm, magnifying the surgical site.
- The surgical team is located by the patients to ensure the procedure runs smoothly.
The environment of robotic procedures is very different from traditional surgery, the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center focuses on training robotic surgeons thoroughly in every task, from operating the machine and making incisions to communication with a surgical team across the room.
Our Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery program directly addresses these issues, offering surgeons the use of a dome for practicing cuts, a comprehensive online curriculum and a newly designed video game for mastering team communication in the OR. As the field of robotic surgery continues to become more prominent in the medical industry, we are certain these practices will evolve and the Nicholson Center’s training and curriculum will adapt with the latest technologies and developments.
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