A TIDAL WAVE OF REVOLUTIONARY ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGIES IS IMMINENT AIMING TO DELIVER SURGERY THAT IS MORE EFFECTIVE, LESS INVASIVE AND EASIER ON BOTH SURGEONS AND PATIENTS. WORDS BY DAVID HICKIE.
Within five years, one in three US surgeries – more than double current levels – is expected to be performed with robotic systems, with surgeons sitting at computer consoles guiding mechanical arms,’ reports leading American business magazine Fortune.
Similarly, an RBC Capital Markets survey found US surgeons expect about 35% of operations will involve robots in five years, up from 15% today.
To date the field of ‘minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery’ has been dominated by US Nasdaq-listed pioneer Intuitive Surgical. It has more than 4,000 of its da Vinci Surgical System machines in hospitals worldwide and boasts on its website that ‘every 60 seconds, somewhere…