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Robotic Surgery Becoming More Common

Would You Want a Robot to Operate on You?

CNET News reports that robotic surgery is gaining in use and popularity, which frightens and excites me. Intuitive Surgical makes the Da Vinci machines that provide robot-assisted surgical technology and number over 650 in hospitals around the country. Human surgeons direct the machines, which have been cleared for chest, cardiac, urological, and gynecological procedures.

It had to happen sooner or later, but the thought of having a robot work on me like in this picture gives me goosebumps. Then again, a real-live surgeon performing surgery on me gives me goosebumps too. Malpractice and mistakes made by hospitals are so common these days that maybe trusting a robot is the way to go. What do you think?


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guinnevere guinnevere 9 years
yes, absolutely, this is as silly as saying you wouldn't allow a doctor to use a laser on you, which is as common as a scalpel nowdays. i work for surgeons, though, so maybe i'm biased :)
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
no way, it would probs screw up and id die.
kezza kezza 9 years
I do prostate cancer research involving tissue samples, many of which are obtained from robotic surgeries. The robot is controlled by a very skilled surgeon, it is not an autonomous process. It's just a more advanced way of doing standard laparoscopic procedures. I know the surgeons working with the DaVinci robot, nearly all of my samples are coming from robotic operations now, we just started offering the procedure a couple years ago and now the open method is barely used. None of my patients have died or experienced major comorbidity with the new procedure, and in many ways they are better off. The incision is smaller and recovery is quicker. There is a smaller chance of infection and less blood loss. I wouldn't hesitate to let our surgeons operate on me, I'd be much more concerned about my anesthesiologist!
m-m-m m-m-m 9 years
Only if the surgeon could remove the breadbasket on the first try 10times with no do-overs!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
:rotfl: @ Lynne!
Lynne Lynne 9 years
Katie, thank you for pointing out that it is robot-ASSISTED. The surgeon is still involved, drunk or sober!
Berlin Berlin 9 years
Hell yeah i'd do it! Robot = Precision, Human + Hiccup = Disaster. Plus robots can't have a bad day or a distraction or anything else, they are built to do the job whereas doctors can be in a rush or distracted or having any number of interferences that can prove tiny slip of the hand and they can destroy nerve endings, resulting in paralysis but with a chance.
dcroan dcroan 9 years
Half-robot/half-man; seriously. Robots doing things while doctors monitor.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
yes, i would. i'm taking an Aboriginal Health class and i'm reading all kinds of awful things about drunk doctors or racist doctors not operating well on certain people. not that THAT is my big fear, but seeing how the people on Grey's Anatomy etc. care more about their social life than surgeries, i'll trust a robot for this. i hope the docs who are controlling the robot know what they're doing
katie_c katie_c 9 years
never been a fan of robots and certainly don't want one operating on me. jeepers!
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
after my presentation from the biomedical engineering on ergonomics for medical tools, i would love that. it freaks me out. there is so much that goes into the design, yet they still aren't perfect. the tool is such an important part, and i dunno. people freak me out.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
I'll pass. I've seen Stealth.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
I wouldn't mind it at all. My dad had his prostate removed with robotics. It went fine.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
no thank you. i'll take my flawed human doctors over any machine.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I agree Katie, I don't think I would have many issues since they are used as tools by surgeons. Its not like you are alone in OR with a robot. It might make for an interesting relationship. Robots/computers can't always read things like humans can, and human error is always a concern, but maybe together they would make a great team. :)
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
It depends on the surgery - but as katies104 said, if a robot can do a more precise and more efficient surgery than a human surgeon, then I place my money on the robot. :)
katies104 katies104 9 years
The key here is "robot-assisted surgery". Surgeons (the professionals) use the machines as tools to be more precise and more efficient. Technological advances are not going to be cleared for operations if they function below par.
Emmiekitten Emmiekitten 9 years
Robots fot the win! Just not that one...It looks like some sorta alien spiderT_T
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I's a little creepy...
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 9 years
Sure, why not? But only when it's proven to be safe. I'm not that scared, to be quite honest.
kaenai kaenai 9 years
That is some scary $#!! D: I mean, I suppose they're already doing it, so some procedures have been proven to work, but I'd have to see the numbers and details for myself before I'd be comfortable with it.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
No way, I'd like to leave it to the professionals.
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