The Future of Surgery & Technological Advances

By Adrianna • Health, State of Healthcare, Technology • 5 Jan 2018

Surgery isn’t like it used to be and it’s amazing how far we’ve come in the medical field. The complex surgeries we perform today are more safe and effective than ever. Here are some of the best technological advances in surgery and what the future may hold for the profession.

Patient records

More and more doctors are using cloud software and new hospital record technology to access patient records anytime and anywhere. With an all-electronic system, there isn’t any more searching for old physical files in a record room and the chance of stolen records. Doctors can access and change your medical history with one click. This is especially imperative for those who are having a specialized surgery may be visiting other hospitals around the country.

Laparoscopic surgery

Although this procedure was first introduced in the 1970s, laparoscopic surgery is continually improving and reducing patient recovery times. Laparoscopic surgeries are minimally invasive, require small incisions and allow the doctor to look at the patient’s insides with the laparoscope to see if there are any other existing conditions before the surgery is performed.

Robotic procedures

You might think that having a robot assist with your surgery is scary. However, these robotic-assisted surgeries have a high success rate. RAS surgeries are usually performed in the urology and gynecology fields. The 3D imaging and minimally invasive techniques of RAS make it a key player in the future of surgery.

Safer brain surgeries

Neurosurgeons are using intraoperative MRIs to make brain surgeries safer. An Intraoperative MRI gives a neurosurgeon real-time views of a brain during surgery or when the patient is awake. They then use these images to make a plan for tumor removal depending on the patient. This method is safer and allows doctors to see how much of a tumor is left to plan additional surgery.

Facial reconstruction

Surgery has now become so advanced, we can now do live face transplants. The first full face transplant was performed in Spain back in 2010. This involves using tissue from a facial tissue donor. Some hospitals are even able to use computer imaging to create an image of what the person’s face will look like once all the operations are complete.

The future of surgery

So what does the future of surgery look like? Surgery will become more and more advanced in terms of technology and robotics. There will be less invasive ways to perform operations and advances in transplant technology. Will artificial intelligence be thrown into the mix? Our robot-assisted surgeries may be able to do more than just assist. We could even have better learning systems for surgical interns and algorithms that track symptoms to better diagnose diseases.

About the author: Adrianna is a guest contributor from Autocam Medical, a global orthopedic contract manufacturer that specializes in orthopedic implants and cutting tools.


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