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Surgical Robots: Growth Opportunities and Challenges Faced in Emerging Nations

maheshgoremaheshgore Member
edited August 2020 in Science

Medical surgery dates back to the Neolithic era, even before the development of anesthesia. The first ever surgery conducted was a cranial surgery, called trephination. This surgery was performed by drilling a hole in the skull of a person alive, for curing headaches, infections, fractures, and convulsions. Over the years, surgeries have become more advanced and painless – thanks to technological advancement in medicine and surgery.

Introduction of Robots into Medicine and Cure Industry – A Boon

This is the age of artificial intelligence – the generation of robots. There are specific robots build for working in the medical field. Surgical robots act as the assistants to surgeons and doctors at the operation table helping them to perform complex operations with more flexibility and precision as compared to the conventional techniques. Robotic surgeries are generally associated with minimally invasive surgery as it involves making tiny incisions.

The use of robots for medical procedures eases the job of the surgeon. Top six uses for robots in medicine today are listed below:

·         Sanitation and Disinfection Robots

·         Surgical Assistants

·         Robotic Prescription Dispensing Systems

·         Telepresence

·         Rehabilitation Robots, and

·         Medical Transportation Robots

Adoption of Surgical Robots in Emerging Nations Opening New Doors of Hope for People

Developing nations are trying their best to improve the healthcare infrastructure in order to provide better medical assistance to their people. Considering technological advancement in all sectors including business, education, finance and banking, food and beverage, agriculture, and so on, healthcare seems to have resurrected the most of it. Considering the rapid growth of emerging nations, robotic surgeries registered several success stories in their list of achievements.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences hosted the first robotic radical prostatectomy in New Delhi, India in July 2006. Till date, over 200 cases of radical prostatectomies have been successfully carried out in India.

Major Hospital Brands Adopting Surgical Robots for Providing Better Medical Aid

Several major hospitals in emerging nations are adopting latest technologies to improve patient care. Surgical robots are used while conducting cancer and urology surgery for better efficiency and accuracy. The growing rate of success of surgeries assisted by robots is indicative of increasing adoption of surgical robots in the near future.

Qatar, Egypt, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Adopted da Vinci Robotic Systems

Robotic surgery has also found its way into the Middle East and Africa a. The first robotic surgery at the United Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was introduced in 2003. Currently, eight major hospitals have installed 10 da Vinci robotic systems across the entire kingdom. Apart from this, robotic surgery has penetrated into Egypt, and Qatar and is functioning amicably. Qatar acquired three da Vinci Robots and founded the new Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre in 2010.Remaining countries in the region are yet to discover the distance the world has already covered in terms of medicine and surgery.


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