By Andy Choi
The University of Texas students have been presented with an opportunity to test-drive the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System on April 2, 20124. The event took place at the University’s Biomedical Engineering Building.
This initiative highlights an innovative system that integrates both robotic and 3-D visualization technology, through which surgeons can move robotic instruments within a patient's body.
A panel of surgeons has conducted a research analysis on robotic surgery and its future potential.
College of Natural Sciences’ Associate Dean, Dr. Reginald Baptiste said that the objective of this event is to promote the existing and future approaches in medicine and medical technology among pre-med students. Baptiste also added that most of the surgical procedures are totally based on the surgeons’ expertise and the efficiency of the instruments.
The robotic system is a revolutionary offering to the medical field as it allows excellent visualization of both the external and internal organs of the body, which was impossible with previous traditional systems. In addition, it also provides precision and simplifies tasks in tight and intricate spaces.
Robotic surgical systems like the revolutionary da Vinci system are now proving their efficiency in urological and gynecological surgeries. With more technological development and expert surgeons, the application of robotic surgery will reach unprecedented levels, according to Baptiste and his colleagues.
Dr. Thomas Payne of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center said that robotic surgery techniques can be easily practiced than traditional laporascopic surgery. Each undergraduate student in medical school can turn out to be an expert surgeon. Robotics is a combination of technology and surgical sciences which has a very promising future.