Future Directions in Robotic Surgery



Robotic surgery has become an established part of clinical surgery. The advantages of using a robot have been enumerated by many clinicians, however the true potential has yet to be realized. In addition, the systems available today are extraordinarily simple and cumbersome relative to the more sophisticated robotic systems used in other industries. However more important is the fact that the fundamental principles underlying robotics have yet to be exploited, such as systems integration, feedback control, automatic performance, simulation and rehearsal and integration into healthcare enterprise. By looking at robotic implementation in other industries, and exploring the new robotic technologies in the laboratories, it is possible to speculate on the future directions which would be possible in surgical robotics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Washington Medical CenterSeattleUSA
  2. 2.US Army Medical Research and Material CommandFrederickUSA

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