Thursday, June 25, 2009

Leonardo the Inspiration for Robotic Surgery

In the fourth of my posts from the NHS Healthcare Innovation EXPO, I'll share a video I took of a magnificent piece of technology- the Da Vinci surgical robot. Designed so that surgeons could operate remotely on soldiers in the battlefield, the robot is increasingly being used for challenging laproscopic procedures. In this video you can see, briefly, how two surgeons are able to control extremely dextrous instruments in a confined space. At the last count I heard of, there were only a small handful of these robots in use in the UK. Unfortunately, it is hard to imagine what might drive an increase in adoption as it is difficult, if not impossible, for a healthcare provider to be reimbursed more for improved outcomes or for carrying out more complex procedures for which there is no tariff.

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