CNN.com recently covered the variety of new robotic technologies that have trickled out since the debut of the "Da Vinci" system in 1991.
"We are trying to produce complex machines to replace surgical tools, which are hand tools. It's like when industry moved from a chisel and hammer to machine tools."
That analogy is fitting in that many of our current surgical tools are more technology dependent these days.
For example, any of our laser technology, as well as Ultrashape, Ulthera, and Zeltiq, all have highly-sophisticated readouts and calibrations that are performed with a computer, as well as varying handpieces that have to be swapped out manually to achieve the desired result for a patient.
I can foresee a day where I will sit in an adjacent room and have robots do all the work!
Dr. Jason Pozner
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, Boca Raton
Sanctuary Plastic Surgery, Boca Raton