The surgical robotic system is an application-driven field. A significant percentage of investments have been made in this domain and aim to develop novel and innovative surgical robotic systems to aid several niche surgical applications.
Robotic-assisted surgical procedures are minimally invasive, aiding in enhancing clinical outcomes by reducing hospital length of stay and chances of readmission. With the availability of several technologically advanced products in the market, this equipment helps clinical evaluation of surgical outcomes and treatment complications.
Further, to meet the growing demand for minimally invasive surgeries from the doctor’s and patient’s end, technologies such as Hopkins rod lens endoscope, angioplasty, flexible fiber-optic endoscope, and laparoscopic surgery came into existence.
Also, to make the surgical procedures more precise and accurate and surgeries relatively more minimally invasive in terms of shorter recovery time and size of the incision, robot-assisted surgical procedures are witnessing extensive adoption.
The global surgical robotics market is foreseen to witness tremendous growth shortly. Due to the increasing prevalence and incidence rate of chronic disorders, it elevates the global population coupled with the geriatric population, favorable reimbursement policies in developed economies, and public initiatives and funding to develop advanced robotic technologies.
Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery to Patients
- Shorter hospital stay
- Reduced pain
- Lower risk of infection
- Precise surgical procedure with improved outcomes
- Lesser blood loss as compared to other surgical procedures
- Less scarring with minimal incisions
- Quicker functional retrieval
Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery to Doctors
- Degree of freedom
- High sterility
- Telesurgery capability
- 3D visualization
- Motion Scaling
- Tremor Elimination
Unexplored and upcoming areas under surgical robotics
- Development of low-cost surgical robotic systems: The cost of surgical robotics systems is relatively high and is one of the primary reasons for holding back the growth of the surgical robotics market as desired. This is one of the prime reasons why several market players are developing low-cost surgical robotics platforms. The low cost of capital equipment will result in increasing its adoption in developing economies.
- Implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in surgical robots: Artificial intelligence in surgical robotic systems will give companies new opportunities to make work safer, increase productivity, and save people’s valuable time. The incorporation of artificial intelligence is an attempt to eliminate or minimize the risk of human error. Surgical robotic systems that are enabled with artificial intelligence offer high accuracy in assisting microsurgical procedures in reducing the variations that could affect the patients’ health.
- Development of surgical simulators for the training of professionals: The enormous prevalence of medical errors is one of the critical concerns for several economies. The U.S., Germany, France, Japan, and China are otherwise renowned for their technologically progressive and efficient healthcare system. However, the medical errors are still relatively high. Medical error or medical malpractice is defined as an action or omission of an effort by a medical professional, deviating the process of treatment from the accepted standards of healthcare. At present, medical error is currently one of the leading causes of mortality globally.