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5 Things To Know About Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery and it has been proven to have positive outcomes. There is less post surgical pain, less possibilities of wound-related complications and faster recovery. So how did it first developed and why is it successful?

1) The Da Vinci Surgery System was approved in 2000 by the FDA for general laparoscopic surgery and made commercially available in the United States, according to a Health Research Funding report.

2) Ever since the approval, More than 1.5 million Da Vinci procedures has been performed. It is used to performed minimally invasive surgeries in a number of specialities, including cardiac, gynaecology, urology, general surgery and colorectal procedures.

3) Approximately 400,000 robotic surgeries were performed across all types of surgery in the United States in 2012. The rate of robotic surgeries is increasing by 25 percent annually.

4) Jess Lonner, MD, of Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, and his colleagues examined 200 cases using Blue Belt's Navio technology with 50 percent done in the surgery center; the rest were done at the hospital, and all patients were discharged home.

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5) Increasingly, outpatient surgery centers are adopting robotic technology. In April, Eric Green, MD, of St. Cloud (Minn.) Surgical Center performed the first CT-free robotics-assisted partial knee replacement in the state by a surgical center using Blue Belt Technologies' Navio Surgical System.

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