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Robot Arms Save Lives

Robot arms nowadays help perform cancer surgery operations in Whales, leading to higher success rates.



Robot assisted technology has exponentially improved in the past years, to an extent in which AI and robotic technology will eventually infiltrate its way into our daily lives even more than it already has. Robotic assisted medical procedures are becoming more and more common, and are helping surgeons with accuracy and efficiency. This is why Robot arms are helping fight cancer.


Robotic arms will be used by surgeons to perform medical procedures for some prostate and gynaecological cancers, in addition to some procedures on the digestive system, kidneys and bladder. These ''arms'' use surgical instruments at the end attached to them to perform keyhole surgery, a surgery in which a small incision is made in the patient to eliminate the need for open surgery and still have access to the interior of the body. The doctors can see through small cameras allowing the surgeons controlling the arms to magnify and zoom in the video at will.


​​Mohamed Abdulmajed, a leading Urologist in his field explains there are many advantages to using the technology. He declared that "one of the first operations we'll be doing with the robotic arms is men's prostate cancer surgery." Additionally, he stated that “we can be sure of a high level of accuracy, and avoid the nerves which control a man's sexual function, and reduce the risk of someone being made incontinent by the surgery. Overall, keyhole surgery with a robotic arm has many advantages for patients compared to open surgery.''


Technology, although having downsides can be very helpful in a wide range of different sectors, and if used correctly can even help save lives and increase accuracy in cancer surgeries.



References


“Keyhole Surgery.” Ada, ada.com/keyhole-surgery/#:~:text=Keyhole surgery, or minimally invasive,procedure known as a laparoscopy.


“Robot Arms to Help Perform Cancer Operations in Wales.” BBC News, BBC, 14 Mar. 2022, www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-60721967.


















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