Not that long ago, the idea that a robot could amplify a surgeon’s ability to operate on patients was a new concept to surgeons unfamiliar with computer-enhanced surgery.
Fast-forward to 2019. Now almost every type of surgery can be performed using some type of computer-enhanced platform. More than 34 companies create technology that improves our ability to see inside the human body(much like the 1966 film “Fantastic Voyage” without the shrunken submarine crew). Surgeons can make a small incision, and in some cases, no incision, to perform surgery. For example, pulmonary robots allow surgeons to snake through the trachea to the periphery of the lungs. What was once considered science fiction has become our reality in the 21stcentury.
The healthcare industry is undergoing a fundamental shift in concepts about surgery.