Surgery patients in New York and around the country may soon have their procedures performed with minimal human intervention. Researchers at a District of Columbia children's hospital have demonstrated that robotic surgeons could perform delicate operations with even more efficacy in some cases than their human counterparts. Experts note that robots have already been used to help humans perform critical surgical tasks, but the researchers say this is a push towards having traditional doctors provide care in new ways.
The study, which involved a bowel operation performed on a pig, demonstrated that with supervision, the robot was able to successfully complete surgical maneuvers in soft tissue. The machine, stitched the bowel together in an open surgery. One of the proponents of the work said that the technique might help the medical profession establish better standards and practices as well as eliminate the need to wait for specific surgeons.