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Jakarta Post

Robotic surgery making inroads in many medical procedures

  • Ng Kheng Hong


Singapore   /   Wed, August 3 2011   /  07:00 am

With medical technology evolving at an extraordinary pace, surgical robots are making inroads into the operating room. Robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery signifies a remarkable technological progress for a wide range of procedures traditionally requiring open surgery. By allowing surgeons to perform complex operations through small incisions, it diminishes the level of patient ordeal and helps considerably improve patient outcomes.

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is the use of very sophisticated robots in assisting surgeons to perform very intricate surgery. It was developed in the late 90s to overcome the limitations of the popular key-hole surgery. Traditional key-hole surgery is widely used for many surgical operations now; for instance, removal of the appendix, gallbladder and for colon cancer.

In key-hole surgery, a small fiber-optic camera is...