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What’s next in the field of robotic surgery?

Premier Health’s Dr. Jose Rodriguez talks about the future of robotically-assisted thoracic surgery. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Technology is always evolving, and new advances are sure to increase the number of cardiothoracic procedures that may be performed through robotically-assisted surgery and improve patient prognosis.

As Dr. Rodriguez says, “The future of robotic surgery is very bright.” He predicts that manufacturers will further decrease the size of instruments, enhance instrument precision as well as continue to improve the visualization capability of the robots. Such advances may enable a greater range of surgeries on the microscopic level, according to a 2014 article in Popular ScienceOff Site Icon.

However, simply improving upon robots as they currently exist may only be the beginning. According to a 2014 Medical News TodayOff Site Icon in a new window with off site icon and 3rd party content disclaimer] article, scientists are working on developing “squishy robots”—robots that may change between a soft state that allows them to squeeze in between organs without damaging tissues and a hard state that performs the actual surgical function.

Talk to your cardiothoracic surgeon to learn more about advances in the field of robotically-assisted surgery.

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Source: Jose Rodriguez, MD, FACS, Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates

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