Dr. Robert Webster

As robots invade the operating room, what does the future hold? Will they replace surgeons, or will how we think of them change until they aren’t even robots anymore? First generation surgical robots have recently been integrated into operating rooms all over the world, and help surgeons operate through smaller incisions. But we have only scratched the surface of the potential of robots in surgery. Tiny, intelligent robot tentacles the size of needles promise incisionless surgeries with rapid healing and no scars. They have the potential to help surgeons rewire the brain, destroy tumors with heat, and fire lasers to accurately cut tissue. These robots are poised to create “supersurgeons” who can transcend the size, dexterity, and sensory perception limits that constrain modern surgical approaches.

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